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Remembering Nat Turner
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.10
A poem published in an African American newspaper, 1884, remembering Nat Turner as a hero. Includes historical commentary.
Format: poetry/primary source
Reuniting families
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 8.7
Letters from Freedmen's Bureau agents seeking information on the whereabouts of family members of freed slaves. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Revolutionary North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.4
During the Civil War, former slaves freed by the Union army and African Americans who escaped to Union lines were given a village on Roanoke Island.
Format: article
Slave auction at Richmond, Virginia
Slave auction at Richmond, Virginia
Wood engraving shows an African American woman being auctioned off in front of crowd of men.
Format: image/illustration
A slave auction at Wilmington
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 2.6
Letter from a German traveler describing a slave auction in the 1780s. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Slaves escape to Union lines
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.3
Federal Writers' Project interview with former slave Mary Barbour. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Venture Smith describes his enslavement
In Colonial North Carolina, page 4.5
Excerpt from a late eighteenth-century book by a freed slave in Connecticut. Describes his capture and enslavement at the age of six. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by Shane Freeman.
A Virginian responds to Dunmore's Proclamation
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.6
Response to a 1775 proclamation by the Royal Governor of Virginia offering freedom to slaves and indentured servants who agreed to serve in the king's army. The writer argues that the governor does not have slaves' best interests at heart. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
"What we are in justice entitled to"
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 8.1
Jourdon Anderson, an ex- Tennessee slave, declines his former master's invitation to return as a laborer on his plantation.
Format: letter/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.

Resources on the web

African American Odyssey
An online exhibit featuring a variety of materials such as rare books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, and musical scores to document the African American quest for equality. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938
Narrative texts and photographs derived from oral interviews of former slaves by the Federal Writers' Project. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
Digital History
Digital History is a website from the University of Houston and other institutions “designed and developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges.“The materials on this website include a U.S. history... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: University of Houston
Documenting the American South
Ten thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs for the study of Southern history, literature, and culture. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
History Matters - The U.S. Survey Course on the Web
A gateway to U.S. History Web resources. Teaching materials, first-person primary documents and discussions on teaching U.S. history. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: George Mason University
A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln
A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln is a special exhibition of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Chicago Historical Society based on the book, A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln, by... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Gilder Lehrman Institute American History and the Chicago Historical Society
John Brown's Holy War
Interactive maps, audio clips, transcripts of primary sources, and virtual reality tours complement this site that details the history of John Brown and his violent crusade against slavery. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: PBS
Monticello: The Home of Thomas Jefferson
Besides information related to planning a trip to the famous house, this site offers educators and students a variety of resources. First, new at the site is the Monticello Explorer which provides a self-guided tour of the plantation or of the house and... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Mount Vernon - Learn
Features the home of President George Washington with virtual tours and biographical, descriptive, and historical information information. Plentiful teacher and student resources. User friendly and easy to navigate. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Mount Vernon
Narrative of Sojourner Truth
The story of Sojourner Truth's life as told to Olive Gilbert in 1850 covers such topics as Truth's family, slave auctions, the trial to free her son from slavery, her religious experiences, and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: A Celebration of Women Writers