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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 experiences of black soldiers
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 6.4
This UNC-TV documentary looks at the experiences of black North Carolinians in World War II.
Format: documentary
Durham's "Black Wall Street"
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 5.6
In the early twentieth century, Parrish Street in Durham, North Carolina, known as "Black Walll Street," was the hub of African American business activity.
Format: article
Montford Point Marine Museum
Visit this museum which preserves the legacy of the Montford Point Marines, African American Marines who served with courage and pride from 1942 to 1949.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Exploring the church in the southern black community
Students explore the Documenting the American South Collection titled, the “Church in the Southern Black Community.” Beginning with a historian's interpretation of the primary sources that make up the collection, students search the collection for evidence to describe the experiences of African Americans living in the south during the Antebellum through the Reconstruction Period centering on their community churches. The activity culminates in student presentations of a digital scrap book.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 and 10–12 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Slave songs
In this lesson, students learn more about the religious observances of slaves in the United States by presenting hymns from Slave Songs in the US digitized in the Documenting the American South Collection. This is a great lesson to introduce the intersection of religion and slavery in a US history or African American history class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
John Chavis opens a school for white and black students
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 5.3
Newspaper advertisement (1808) for a school in Raleigh, taught by John Chavis. Chavis taught white students during the day and black students at night. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
The Old Depot Association
The museum provides exhibits that honor the local and mountain heritage and crafts. A photographic exhibit in the Caboose Museum shows the pictures of the history of the depot and has railroad memorabilia and music of the era.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Jeff Black oral history excerpt
Jeff Black is a resident of Charlotte who attended its desegregated schools in the 1990s. Here, he talks about the school segregation that he sees outside the classroom.
Format: audio/interview
African American Cultural Complex
Originally named Black Heritage Park, the African American Cultural Complex celebrates the outstanding contributions made by African-Americans.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum
Contains a wide variety of biographical materials about Dr. Brown and her work in black education. The historic site includes a visitor's center, Dr. Brown's home, three dormitories, cottages, the bell tower, and the dining hall.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Benjamin Banneker
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the famous inventor, scientist, astronomer, and writer, Benjamin Banneker. They discuss the challenges that he faced as a black man in the 1700’s. They also talk about his contributions to science and literature and the...
Format: audio/podcast
The Third North Carolina Regiment
In North Carolina in the New South, page 6.4
In the Spanish-American War, North Carolina raised an all-black regiment under black command. The soldiers faced racism and violence from whites both in and out of the military, and white Democrats campaigned against the regiment in 1898.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
An old woman walks through the market of Saquisili, Ecuador
An old woman walks through the market of Saquisili, Ecuador
An old indigenous woman dressed all in black walks through an open-air market. She is wearing a black skirt, black shawl, and traditional black fedora. She is carrying a multi-colored bag. Behind her one can see market stalls. Saquisilí has one of the largest...
Format: image/photograph
Race relations
In Postwar North Carolina, page 9.4
Fourth part of an oral history interview with Rebecca Clark, an African American who was born in rural Orange County just before the Depression and witnessed the changes in civil rights over the years.
Format: interview
Commentary and sidebar notes by Kristin Post.
A teacher's protest: William Culp
In Postwar North Carolina, page 4.7
Interview with a former teacher at an all-black high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Includes historical background.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by Kristin Post.
The Negro Leagues : The people, places and experiences of Black baseball
In The Walking Classroom, page 3
In this lesson for fifth grade language arts, students listen to a podcast about the Negro Baseball Leagues and learn the impact they had on baseball and American history.
Format: lesson plan
Center for Diversity Education
The CDE is entirely curriculum-focused to assist teachers in embedding a knowledge base of many peoples into the daily content of the classroom in grades K-12. It is the mission of CDE to prepare all students with the necessary skills to maintain a pluralistic democracy in an increasingly complex and diverse nation and world.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Race in Charlotte schools
The lesson on this page are designed to help educators teach about school desegregation in the South. In these activities, students immerse themselves in a time period when public schools were first becoming integrated by listening to oral histories of people who experienced this change first-hand.
Format: lesson plan
De facto vs. de jure segregation
This lesson will help students understand the difference between de facto and de jure segregation. Students will listen to three oral history excerpts and discuss the experiences of segregation described in each. As a follow-up activity, students will brainstorm solutions to both de facto and de jure segregation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 10–12 Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
4-H club children examine plants
4-H club children examine plants
In this black and white photograph, a black boy wearing thick-rimmed glasses is sitting at a school desk and examining a plant. The rootball is exposed and he is pulling out a few strands of the root system. Surrounding him and looking on are six other children,...
Format: image/photograph