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Union County Courthouse in Monroe, NC
Union County Courthouse in Monroe, NC
This is the Union County Courthouse in Monroe, North Carolina. It was built in 1886 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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A red-tailed hawk at the Queens Cup Steeplechase in Union County
A red-tailed hawk at the Queens Cup Steeplechase in Union County
This is a red-tailed hawk at the Queens Cup Steeplechase in Union County. He was rescued by the Carolina Raptor Center after being hit by a car. The Raptor Center maintains volunteers in every nearby county, including Union, to pick up the injured birds and...
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Bluegrass musicians in Union Grove, NC
Bluegrass musicians in Union Grove, NC
These are bluegrass musicians in Union Grove, North Carolina. Union Grove, located in Iredell County, was formerly the host of the Fiddler's Convention, which lasted from the 1920s to the 1970s. It is still host to the Old Time Fiddler's & Bluegrass Festival,...
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A mushroom in the Uwharrie Mountains
A mushroom in the Uwharrie Mountains
This is a mushroom in the Uwharrie Mountains in Montgomery County, North Carolina. The Uwharries cut through Randolph, Montgomery, Stanly, and Davidson Counties, and their foothills lie in Cabarrus, Anson, and Union Counties. They are now protected as a National...
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Union Station Railroad Museum
The heritage of Moore County and the town of Aberdeen can be seen at this museum through its exhibits of memorabilia and artifacts.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Union attack on Fort Fisher, January 15, 1865
Union attack on Fort Fisher, January 15, 1865
Map shows area surrounding forts Fisher, Buchanan and Anderson near Smithville, N.C. Fort Fisher, located on the peninsula formed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River, was the primary target of the Union assault. Details include locations of Confederate...
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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.
The strikers move into tents
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 8.5
Article from the Gastonia Daily Gazette printed during the Loray Mill strike, 1929. Striking workers were thrown out of their houses, which were owned by the mill. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Mill Mother's Lament
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 8.8
Song by labor activist Ella Mae Wiggins sung during the Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, 1929. Includes biographical information about Wiggins.
Format: music/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Timeline of Reconstruction in North Carolina
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 9.2
Timeline of major events in North Carolina during Union occupation and after the Civil War, 1862–1877.
Format: timeline
The pedestrian bridge in Waxhaw, NC
The pedestrian bridge in Waxhaw, NC
This is a wooden footbridge over a train track in Waxhaw, North Carolina. The town is famous for the bridge and its somewhat unusual-looking water tower.
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The Bonsack machine and labor unrest
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.7
When the Duke tobacco company adopted the Bonsack machine for rolling cigarettes, workers who had rolled cigarettes by hand were thrown out of work, and their replacements made less money.
Format: article
The Shelton Laurel massacre
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.9
In 1862, Union sympathizers and Confederate deserters from Madison County, North Carolina, raided farms to steal food and supplies. In response, the 64th North Carolina infantry rounded up fifteen men and executed all but two, though only five of the men killed had taken part in the raid.
Format: article
Aw Shucks Farms
Learn about animals and agriculture and take in the corn maze and pumpkin patch at this farm near Monroe, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Old Burke County Courthouse and Heritage Museum
Students can learn about the history of Burke County and the sessions of the NC Supreme Court held on this site in the mid-19th century when visiting the Old Burke County Courthouse.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
War on the Outer Banks
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 3.2
Article describes action along the coast of North Carolina during the Burnside Expedition, 1862.
Format: article
The Kirk-Holden War
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 10.5
In response to Ku Klux Klan violence during Reconstruction, North Carolina Governor William Woods Holden declared martial law in Alamance and Caswell counties in 1870. The militia, led by former Union Col. George W. Kirk, rounded up Klan leaders in what opponents called the "Kirk-Holden War."
Format: article
Letters home
Students will write letters home, taking on the role of one of the sons of the "Gold Star Mothers" from Union County, NC.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7–8 Social Studies)
By Meg Millard and Pamela Webb.
Protest at Piedmont Leaf Tobacco Company, 1946
Protest at Piedmont Leaf Tobacco Company, 1946
Strikers from United Tobacco Workers Local 22 union on the picket line.
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Queens Cup Steeplechase in Mineral Springs, NC
Queens Cup Steeplechase in Mineral Springs, NC
These are excited spectators at the Queens Cup Steeplechase in Mineral Springs, North Carolina.
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