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Debating war with Britain: For the war
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 8.4
Article from the Raleigh Star, published just after Congress declared war on Great Britain in 1812, arguing in support of the war. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Timeline of the Revolution, 1780–1783
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.1
Timeline of events of the American Revolution from the beginning of the Southern Campaign in 1780 to the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the war.
Format: article
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.9
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.2
During the American Revolution, on March 15, 1781, American and British armies met at Guilford Courthouse, in present-day Greensboro, North Carolina. Although the British won the battle, they lost so many troops that the battle ultimately helped the American cause. Includes a slideshow of photographs from a 2008 reenactment.
Format: article
Dashed hopes for the frontier
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 2.2
The British won vast territory in North America after the Seven Years’ War, but with that territory came the problem of governing it. British officials tried -- and failed -- to balance the interests of colonists and American Indians, and the conflicts that resulted made the colonists increasingly unhappy with British rule and led, ultimately, to the American Revolution.
Format: article
Toward a union of the colonies?
In Colonial North Carolina, page 8.3
The Albany Plan of Union was a plan to place the British North American colonies under a more centralized government. The plan was adopted on July 10, 1754, by representatives from seven of the British North American colonies. Although never carried out, it was the first important plan to conceive of the colonies as a collective whole united under one government.
Format: article
Taxes, trade, and resistance
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 2.3
Origins of the American Revolution, 1763–1775. Article describes the reasons for British taxes and trade regulations such as the Stamp Act and Townshend Acts, the colonial response, and the escalation of resistance into violence.
Format: article
David Fanning and the Tory War of 1781
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.10
During the American Revolution, Patriots and Loyalists fought in the North Carolina backcountry. In 1781, David Fanning, commanding the Loyalist forces of five counties, terrorized residents of the Piedmont.
Format: article
Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson
Provides information about the North Carolina historic site where the town of Brunswick was razed by British troops.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The War of 1812
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 8.3
During its wars with France in the 1790s and early 1800s, Great Britain refused to respect the rights of U.S. ships and sailors on the high seas. When diplomacy and trade restrictions failed, President James Madison declared war. The two nations fought for two years before agreeing to a treaty, and historians debate who really "won" the war.
Format: article
A petition to protect families of Loyalists
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.11
During the American Revolution, the British Army occupied Wilmington, North Carolina, and forced the families of Patriot leaders to leave the city. When the Americans retook the city in 1782, they retaliated by evicting the families of Loyalists. Twenty-one Patriot women who had themselves been evicted protested the similar treatment of their neighbors. Primary source includes historical commentary.
Format: petition/primary source
Educator's guide: The arrival of Swiss immigrants
Teaching suggestions to help your students synthesize the information in the article "The Arrival of Swiss Immigrants."
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Surviving the Blitz
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 6.8
Oral history interview with a U.S. soldier who experienced the German bombing of England during World War II. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The burning of Washington
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 8.6
Report in the Raleigh Star, September 2, 1814, on the burning of Washington by the British during the War of 1812. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert and L. Maren Wood.
The Union blockade
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 2.5
At the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, Union forces blockaded Confederate ports to stop exports of cotton and imports of war supplies.
Format: article
Moores Creek National Battlefield
This national park commemorates the decisive February 27, 1776 victory by 1,000 Patriots over 1,600 Loyalists at the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The French and Indian War
In Colonial North Carolina, page 8.1
The French and Indian War was the North American conflict that was part of a larger imperial conflict between Great Britain and France known as the Seven Years' War. The French and Indian War began in 1754 and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763. The war provided Great Britain enormous territorial gains in North America, but disputes over subsequent frontier policy and paying the war’s expenses led to colonial discontent, and ultimately to the American revolution.
Format: article
Slave ship
Slave ship
This drawing of African slaves stacked in a ship's hold appeared in Thomas Clarkson's 1808 book The History of the Rise, Progress, & Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-trade by the British Parliament.
Format: image/illustration
A call for independence
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.9
After the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, North Carolina's fourth Provincial Congress met at Halifax in April 1776, and resolved that the colony's delegates to the Continental Congress should support a move to declare independence.
Format: article
The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.7
In February 1776, Patriot militia companies fought an army of Loyalists, mainly Scottish Highlanders, at Moore's Creek Bridge near Wilmington, North Carolina. The Patriot victory convinced colonial leaders to push for independence.
Format: article
The Stamp Act crisis in North Carolina
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 2.4
In 1765, North Carolinians joined their fellow American colonists in protesting the Stamp Act, passed by Parliament that year, which taxed various kinds of public papers. Protesters, arguing that the tax was illegal without the consent of colonial assemblies, marched to the home of the tax collector and forced him to resign.
Format: article