K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Capitalism and commerce
In Contemporary life in Vietnam, page 4
In 1986, as the Cold War was ending, Vietnam began a series of market and social reforms, working to normalize its relations with the United States and open the country for tourism, which developed in the 1990s. Note that apartments, some with balconies, are...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Postwar North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the postwar era (1945–1975).
Format: book (multiple pages)
A soldier's experience in Vietnam: Johnas Freeman
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.8
Oral history interview with a North Carolina veteran of the Vietnam War. Freeman explains that, despite the difficulties he faced readjusting to everyday life after Vietnam, he did not have any regrets about his decision to serve in the military.
Format: interview/primary source
Contemporary life in Vietnam
Photographs and text describe contemporary life in Vietnam and the impact of economic and social reforms since the 1980s.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Removing dead Civil War soldiers
Removing dead Civil War soldiers
At Cold Harbor, Virginia, African American men gather up the bones of Civil War soldiers killed in battle.
Format: image/photograph
Soviet poster, 1949
Soviet poster, 1949
Soviet poster created in 1949. The English translation of the text on this poster reads, "For a stable peace! Against those who would ignite a new war."
Format: image/poster
The Korean War
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.3
The Korean War (1948–1953), the first military conflict of the Cold War, pitted the U.S. and its allies against the Soviet Union and other communist nations.
Format: article
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Cold War: An overview
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.1
A brief history of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union, 1945–1991.
Format: article
Life in camp
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 5.7
Camp Lee, S. C., Mch. 2d 1862 Dear Mother, As I write so many letters home to let you all hear from me and brother Tom, I will commence by telling you something about myself and him. I continue in very...
Format: letter/primary source
Women of the South in a changing society
In this lesson, students examine the lives of women in the south during the Civil War and focus particular attention on analyzing the historical stereotypes of women of the 19th-century.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Cindy Mcpeters and Aletha Aldridge.
The Cold War in the 1950s
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.5
An overview of the Cold War during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, including the rise of McCarthyism.
Format: article
Berlin Airlift
Berlin Airlift
During the Berlin Airlift in 1948, U.S., British, and French planes delivered food and other goods to Berlin, which was blockaded by Soviet forces. In this photo, German children stand on a hillside and watch a U.S. plane fly overhead.
Format: image/photograph
The Vietnam War
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.1
An overview of the era of the Vietnam War in the United States.
Format: book
Marshall Plan poster
Marshall Plan poster
This poster was created by the Economic Cooperation Administration, an agency of the U.S. government, to promote the Marshall Plan in Europe.
Format: image/poster
Living with the bomb
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 8.8
After the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb in 1948, the U.S. Government produced civil defense films explaining the true nature of atomic bombs and demonstrating techniques for surviving an atomic attack. This article includes two civil defense films, film of the first hydrogen bomb test, and a Life magazine article about a honeymoon in a bomb shelter.
Format: exhibit
By David Walbert.
John F. Kennedy
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.7
An overview of the presidency of John F. Kennedy, 1961–63, including his management of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Format: article
Seasons on a farm
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 2.2
An excerpt from the diary of James Evans, a farmer in Cumberland County, North Carolina. The diary spans the years 1851–1859.
Format: diary/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Carter years
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.1
Overview of United States history in the late 1970s, including economic troubles, the energy crisis, the Cold War, and the Iran hostage crisis.
Format: book
Cuban Missile Crisis map
Cuban Missile Crisis map
This map from the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis shows the range of Soviet SS-4 medium-range ballistic missiles and SS-5 intermediate-range ballistic missiles, if launched from Cuba.
Format: image/map