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The Wilmington and Weldon Railroad
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.4
When it was built in 1840, the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad was the longest in the world. During the Civil War it became known as the "lifeline of the Confederacy" for its role in moving goods from the port of Wilmington to Lee's army in Virginia.
Format: article
A railroad timetable
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.5
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 6.3
Railroad schedule from the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, 1859. In the accompanying activity, students use maps and railroad schedules to compare train travel in 1859 and today.
Format: ephemera/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
On the road with Jane Caroline North
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.7
In this excerpt from her diary of 1851, Jane Caroline North describes her experiences traveling from South Carolina to Virginia to the mineral springs of western Virginia. Part of her route ran through North Carolina, and although she was able to travel part of the way by railroad, her experience shows how complicated and inconvenient travel could still be in the 1850s. Includes historical commentary.
Format: diary/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood and David Walbert.
The North Carolina Railroad
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.2
The North Carolina Railroad, built in the 1850s, connected Charlotte, Greensboro, and Goldsboro.
Format: article
The Nissen Wagon Works
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.6
History of the Nissen Wagon Works founded in Salem, North Carolina, in 1834. North Carolinians carried goods to market in Nissen Wagons, and the works supplied wagons and gun carts to the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Format: article
The Fayetteville and Western Plank Road
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.6
The Fayetteville and Western Plank Road, a wood-paved highway, connected the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina with the Moravian settlements at Salem.
Format: article
Estimated cost of the North Carolina Rail Road, 1851
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.3
In this activity, students analyze an account of the cost of building the North Carolina Railroad in the 1850s and evaluate how much it cost in "today's dollars."
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Eli Whitney and the cotton gin
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 2.4
In 1794, inventor Eli Whitney patented his cotton gin, a machine for removing seeds from cotton. The invention made cotton production -- and with it, slave labor -- far more profitable, and it helped to cement the South's status as an agricultural region and a slave society.
Format: article

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