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oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction (1860–1876). Topics include debates over secession, battles and strategies, the war in North Carolina, the soldier's experience, the home front, freedom and civil rights for former slaves, Reconstruction, and the "redemption" of the state by conservatives.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Allied advances through France and western Germany, 1944-45
Allied advances through France and western Germany, 1944-45
Format: image/map
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)
Allied advances in North Africa and southern Europe, 1942–1944
Allied advances in North Africa and southern Europe, 1942–1944
Format: image/map
Revolutionary North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Mexican War, 1846-1847: Map of operations
The Mexican War, 1846-1847: Map of operations
Format: image/map
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
Secession and civil war
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 1.2
After Abraham Lincoln's election to the presidency in 1860, seven southern states seceded from the United States. Four more followed after South Carolina troops fired on Fort Sumter in April 1861 and Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion.
Format: article
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Describes the history of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, which marked the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary struggle. This unillustrated text covers topics including the Southern campaign, the Siege of Charleston, the Battles of Camden, Kings Mountain, and Cowpens. Students will learn about the pivotal battle in the Revolutionary War at the Guilford Courthouse when they visit the Military Park.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Relive military history from World War II to the present through exhibits at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Effects of bombing on Japanese principal cities, 1945
Effects of bombing on Japanese principal cities, 1945
Format: image/map
CSS Neuse II
Explore a full-size replica of the Confederate ironclad gunboat CSS Neuse located in Kinston, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
20th-century warfare: Unique contributions of American Indians
In this lesson, high school students will assess the importance and contributions of the American Indian in the United States' twentieth century wars. They focus in particular on the Navajo Code Talkers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
By John B. Jones.
Parole signed by the officers and men in Johnston's army
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.13
Text of the parole given to Confederate troops by Union officials after Johnston's surrender at Bennett Place, April 26, 1865.
Format: document/primary source
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
Military reconstruction
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 9.10
First Reconstrution Act, passed by Congress over President Johnson's veto in 1867, which established military rule in the former Confederacy until states were formally readmitted to the Union. Includes historical commentary.
Format: legislation/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Timeline of World War II, 1931–1941
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 4.2
Timeline of global events leading up to World War II and in the first two years of the conflict in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Format: timeline