by Charly Mann
Edwin W. Fuller was a student at UNC from 1864 to 1867, and in his great, but largely forgotten, autobiographical novel the Sea-Gift (published in 1873) provides the first literary description about student life at the University of North Carolina. He was from Louisburg, a small town about 70 miles northeast of Chapel Hill, and was only 16 when he started at Carolina.
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What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.