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Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Compromise of 1850
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 7.4
The Compromise of 1850, passed by Congress after the Mexican War, temporarily appeased both northerners and southerners who debated the expansion of slavery.
Format: article
A divided nation
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 7.5
During the 1850s, the issue of slavery severed the political bonds that had held the United States together. The rise of abolitionism, renewed conflict over the expansion of slavery into the western territories, and the Dred Scott decision all pushed the nation closer to civil war.
Format: article
The expansion of slavery and the Missouri Compromise
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 8.8
By 1820, a growing population gave the North a majority in the House of Representatives, but slave and free states still had equal representation in the Senate. The admission of Missouri to the Union as a slave state threatened that balance, but the "Missouri Compromise" maintained it by admitting Maine as a free state and banning slavery in the Lousiana territory north of Missouri's southern boundary. Page includes a map showing U.S. territorial expansion.
Format: article
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction (1860–1876). Topics include debates over secession, battles and strategies, the war in North Carolina, the soldier's experience, the home front, freedom and civil rights for former slaves, Reconstruction, and the "redemption" of the state by conservatives.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
Format: book (multiple pages)
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)
UNC dismisses Benjamin Hedrick
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 7.7
Minutes of a meeting of University of North Carolina faculty in which they agreed to the dismissal of professor Benjamin Hedrick, who had published his views supporting the Republican candidate for President.
Format: document/primary source

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The Time of the Lincolns
This site looks into all aspects of life during the time Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States. Primary sources include letters and first-hand accounts from soldiers, nurses, abolitionists, and others from that time period. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: PBS and WGBH