LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.



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North Carolina Digital History

Recent North Carolina

Since the 1970s, North Carolina has grown far more diverse than ever before. The state has also become more integrated with the rest of the nation and the world. Traditional industries have declined, while new ones have grown up. The political landscape has changed, as the Republican Party became a major factor in the state for the first time since the 19th century. The natural environment, both as something to be protected and as a source of danger, has increasingly demanded attention.

Designed for secondary students, part eleven of our web-based “digital textbook” combines primary sources with articles from a variety of perspectives, maps, photographs, and audio recordings to tell the many stories of recent North Carolina:

  • the personalities, issues, and broad changes in the state’s politics
  • North Carolina’s role in a changing nation and world
  • the rise of new industries and changes in old ones
  • struggles to protect the state’s environment
  • the impact of Hurricane Floyd
  • the state’s growing diversity

Get started: Table of Contents


More than just a linear narrative, our “digital textbook” is modular and fully searchable. If you need a primary source, a map, some background reading, or a lesson plan, this is the place to start!