Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

Wedgwood pottery in a display case

Figure 9. This Wedgwood pottery was manufactured from North Carolina white clay. (Photograph by the author. More about the photograph)

Figure 9 shows an example of one of the well-documented cases in which the British colonial economic policy was applied in North Carolina. In 1767, the famous English pottery manufacturer Josiah Wedgwood sent a representative to North Carolina to obtain a supply of unusual white clay from Macon County that the Cherokee owners of the deposit called “unaker.” We, and presumably Wedgwood as well, know the material as kaolin — the very pure white clay Wedgwood used to make the white designs on his famous blue pottery called Jasperware.

Eventually, five tons of the material was shipped back to England, where Wedgwood found it to be better than local Cornish clays. Although they tried several times to develop an effective import system to get this clay to England in large quantities, the logistics proved impossible, and the scheme was given up. Figure 9 shows an example of the type of pots made by Wedgwood, and tells the story of this failed attempt to follow the dictates of British colonial economic policy.