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 “digital textbook”

LEARN NC’s digital textbook for North Carolina History uses primary sources and multimedia to tell many stories about the past, not just one.

Part three covers the era of the American Revolution, including the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Independence, and the creation of new governments.

North Carolina Digital History

Revolutionary North Carolina

American colonists emerged from the French and Indian War proud to be part of the greatest empire on earth. But the simmering problems of colonial government were about to boil over. In barely a decade, North Carolinians progressed from discontent to civil disobedience to violent civil war. Then, having secured their independence, the winners set about writing their principles into a new form of government.

Designed for secondary students, this third module of our web-based “digital textbook” combines primary sources with articles from a variety of perspectives, maps, photographs, and multimedia to tell the many stories of Revolutionary North Carolina:

  • the uprisings of Regulators, backcountry farmers angry with unfair taxes, illegal fees, and corrupt officials
  • the responses of North Carolinians and other colonists to Great Britain’s taxes and trade regulations
  • the path from resistance to armed revolution
  • the bloody civil war in the Carolina backcountry
  • the creation of independent governments for North Carolina and the United States

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!