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"A poor, ignorant, squalid population"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.5
Letter from Archibald Murphey to Thomas Ruffin, 1819, in which Murphey bemoans the character of the people around Fayetteville and blames the lack of trade, transportation, and economic opportunity. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
"For What Is a Mother Responsible?"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 5.5
1845 newspaper editorial about a mother's responsibilities for her children's education and character. Includes historical commentary.
Format: article/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by Kathryn Walbert.
"For What Is a Mother Responsible?" -- Idealized motherhood vs. the realities of motherhood in antebellum North Carolina
In this lesson for grade 8, students analyze a newspaper article about motherhood from a North Carolina newspaper in 1845 and compare it to descriptions of motherhood from other contemporary sources. Students will also compare these antebellum descriptions to the modern debates over mothers' roles in American society.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
“Who cares” in action: Formative and summative assessment
Using teacher interviews and classroom footage, this video illustrates how using perspectives-based assignments can improve classroom instruction and assessment. Teachers from elementary, middle, and high school discuss how this approach contributes to effective...
Format: video/video
A Brief Description of the Province of Carolina
In Colonial North Carolina, page 1.8
A pamphlet produced in 1660s London at the request of the Lords Proprietors described the economic opportunity and religious freedom available to settlers in Carolina. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
A case study of "A Civil Action"
In Bringing current science into the classroom, page 3
This is a short, culminating activity that can be used to assess your students' understanding of the steps needed to determine if a water source is contaminated and how it got that way, and to suggest possible methods of cleanup or remediation. Students review a portion of the film “A Civil Action” and identify the problem and the people involved. Students then take the role of environmental scientist and apply their knowledge of water and hazardous waste contamination to create a plan to help lawyer, Jan Schlichtmann, try the case.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Science)
By Michele Kloda and Dana Haine.
A dying industry
In this lesson, students learn how tariffs protect certain domestic industries and consider the impact of that protection from a variety of perspectives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Susan Taylor.
A father's advice to his sons
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 2.3
Letter from Charles Pettigrew, Tyrrell County minister and planter, to his sons. Believing himself to be dying, Pettigrew gave them his advice for living a good and Christian life. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
A group of boys in Guanajuato, Mexico
A group of boys in Guanajuato, Mexico
Five young boys laugh in front of the camera. They are standing in front of a stucco wall and holding each other by the shoulders. Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico. It was an important colonial city because of the area’s large...
Format: image/photograph
A revolution in agriculture
In North Carolina in the New South, page 1.2
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.6
Science and technology made farmers more productive in the nineteenth century, but added expenses that drove small farmers off the land.
Format: article
A Sampson County farm family
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.6
WPA life history interview with a couple in Sampson County, North Carolina, about their experiences during the Great Depression. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
A small electric car on the streets of Guadalajara
A small electric car on the streets of Guadalajara
A man sits in a small electric car on the street. The car is styled after an early automobile. Mexico is a leader producer of oil for the world's energy needs. Nevertheless, there is a constant search for more environmentally responsible and renewable resources....
Format: image/photograph
A society in transition
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.2
An overview of social, economic, and cultural changes in the United States in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Format: book
A union organizer blames the mill
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 8.4
Article printed by the Gastonia Daily Gazette during the Loray Mill strike in 1929, one of the few printed that represented the views of the strikers. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
A young boy holds a small child in Guanajuato, Mexico
A young boy holds a small child in Guanajuato, Mexico
A young boy holds a small child and smiles for the camera. The child is wearing a white knitted sweater and a blue blanket. Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico. It was an important colonial city because of the area’s large silver...
Format: image/photograph
Advertising new products
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.6
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 4.5
Advertisements from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries show new technologies, new tastes, and new ways of marketing goods to consumers.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
AIDS in Africa Symposium
Students will take on roles of those with a unique perspective on the AIDS crisis in Africa. Taking part in a symposium, each character, famous and ordinary, makes a statement and participates in a question-answer period.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
Alamance Cotton Mill
Alamance Cotton Mill
Alamance Cotton Mill, as it appeared in 1837 shortly after construction. The mill was built by Edwin M. Holt, a pioneer of the Southern textile industry.
Format: image/photograph
Alice Caudle talks about mill work
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 7.5
WPA Federal Writers Project interview with a North Carolia woman about her life and work in textile mills in the early twentieth century. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
America needs your scrap rubber
America needs your scrap rubber
U.S. Government poster from World War II illustrating the military need for rubber.
Format: image/poster