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Colonial North Carolina
Colonial North Carolina from the establishment of the Carolina in 1663 to the eve of the American Revolution in 1763. Compares the original vision for the colony with the way it actually developed. Covers the people who settled North Carolina; the growth of institutions, trade, and slavery; the impact of colonization on American Indians; and significant events such as Culpeper's Rebellion, the Tuscarora War, and the French and Indian Wars.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Elizabeth, A Colored Minister of the Gospel, Born in Slavery
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 3.9
In this excerpt from her 1863 memoir, Elizabeth (her last name, if she had one, is unknown), a former slave, tells of her conversion to Christianity and her work as a minister. She faced opposition to her ministry both because she was African American and because she was a woman. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
"Fear of Insurrection"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.3
Excerpt from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs, in which the author recalls the hysteria in Edenton, North Carolina, after Nat Turner's Rebellion. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
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 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)
Preaching obedience to slaves
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 3.8
John Jea was born in West Africa in 1773, enslaved at the age of two, and brought to New York. He was eventually freed and became a preacher. In this excerpt from his autobiography, written about 1811, Jea describes the way both his master and the white minister used Christianity to preach obedience to the slaves and to convince them of their worthlessness. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
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)
A slave preaching
A slave preaching
Slave preaching on a cotton plantation near Port Royal, South Carolina.
Format: image/illustration
Teaching about North Carolina American Indians
This web edition is drawn from a teachers institute curriculum enrichment project on North Carolina American Indian Studies conducted by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Resources include best practices for teaching about American Indians, suggestions for curriculum integration, webliographies, and lesson plans about North Carolina American Indians.
Format: book (multiple pages)

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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