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.

A young girl works as a looper at the Crescent Hosiery Mill in Scotland Neck, N.C.

Photographer Lewis Hine documented the experiences of children working in North Carolina’s textile mills. About the photograph

Life became more difficult for North Carolina’s mill workers in the first decades of the twentieth century. Children typically worked alongside their parents in factories, with few laws to protect them. In response to declining demand in the 1920s, textile mill owners cut wages and demanded longer hours from their workers. Protests began to spread. Some workers tried to organize labor unions, and there were widespread strikes in the South between 1929 and 1934. In this chapter, we’ll look at the experiences of workers in this period, using resources such as photographs and oral histories.