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Joining together in song: Piedmont music in black and white
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.1
This article from Carolina Music Ways discusses musical interactions between African Americans and European Americans prior to the Civil War, including African American participation in Moravian sacred music and the contributions of black and white Americans to the string band tradition in the North Carolina Piedmont.
Format: article
Two worlds: Educator's guide
Lesson plans and activities to be used with "Two Worlds: Prehistory, Contact, and the Lost Colony" -- the first part of a North Carolina history textbook for secondary students.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Dismal Swamp Canal
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.2
Transportation in northeastern North Carolina was extremely difficult in the eighteenth century. The Dismal Swamp Canal, which opened in 1805, enabled passage between the Pasquotank River in North Carolina wih the Elizabeth River in Virginia. Over time the canal was rebuilt and expanded, and today it is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Where am I? Mapping a New World
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 3.2
Early European travelers to the Americas reported bits and pieces of information back to Europe. Over the centuries, mapmakers assembled these reports into maps. As time went by, explorers and mapmakers compiled an increasingly accurate understanding of the Americas and of the world. To do so, they had to invent new tools for mapmaking, embrace radical new ideas about the shape of the world, and discard cherished beliefs.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Fort Raleigh and the Lost Colony
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 4.3
England's first two settlements in the New World differed in character and purpose: The first short-lived colony, inhabited entirely by men, was set up as a stake in the newly discovered Americas and a base of privateering against French and Spanish shipping. The second was intended as a permanent colony and was settled by men, women and children. Their disappearance is a mystery that remains unsolved nearly 400 years later.
Format: article
The Equinox at Chichén Itzá
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 4.1
Slideshow View a slideshow of photographs of the ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá. ...
Format: article
"Where Am I?" Reading guide and activities
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.3
This lesson for grade 8 will help students to understand the article "Where Am I? Mapping a New World" through the use of a graphic organizer and a reading guide.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The Buncombe Turnpike
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.6
The Buncombe Turnpike began in the early nineteenth century as the Drover's Road through western North Carolina, used to drive livestock to market. The Turnpike brought trade and increased prosperity to the region and especially to Asheville. After the Civil War, economic recession and the rise of railroads led to its decline.
Format: article
The pathfinders
In Intrigue of the Past, page 3.2
An essay covering the pathfinders of the Paleoindian Period. Learn about the trek across Beringia and the lifeways of these early American Indians.

Resources on the web

Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark
Students will pack up their bags to join these two explorers on their expedition across western North America to map the rivers, make friends with natives, open the West to trade, and look for a Northwest Passage (an easy water route from coast to coast). (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: National Geographic
Mapping the past
Students gain experience in working with historical maps as cultural artifacts that reflect the views of particular times and places. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities