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Mill villages
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.4
Excerpt from D. A. Tompkins' 1899 textbook for cotton mill owners, explaining rationale and design for millworkers' housing. Includes photographs, plans, and historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Child labor in North Carolina's textile mills
The photographs of Lewis Hine show the lives and work of children in North Carolina's textile mill villages in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Mountain Farm Museum
Historic buildings, farm animals, and demonstrations can be seen at the Smoky Mountains National Park Mountian Farm Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.4
During the Civil War, former slaves freed by the Union army and African Americans who escaped to Union lines were given a village on Roanoke Island.
Format: article
A petition to protect families of Loyalists
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.11
During the American Revolution, the British Army occupied Wilmington, North Carolina, and forced the families of Patriot leaders to leave the city. When the Americans retook the city in 1782, they retaliated by evicting the families of Loyalists. Twenty-one Patriot women who had themselves been evicted protested the similar treatment of their neighbors. Primary source includes historical commentary.
Format: petition/primary source
Families in colonial North Carolina
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.7
In colonial families, the father had absolute authority over his family, and wives and children were expected to do as they were told. And everyone, even young children, worked to sustain the family.
Format: article
By L. Maren Wood.
Bridging the differences: Cultural background of Mexican students entering U.S. schools
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 1.4
Making the transition from life in Mexico to life in the United States can be difficult for students of Mexican origin. Schools and teachers can make that transition easier by understanding students' cultural backgrounds and by employing a few simple strategies.
Format: article
By Mary Faith Mount-Cors.
Activity: 16 de Septiembre
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 2.2
Contact the local Hispanic cultural or resource center and establish contacts with Mexican immigrants. Have your students interview families, especially those with children of comparable ages and discuss how Mexicans celebrate the 16th of September...
Format: activity
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
Mrs. Gertrude Maynard, Reidsville, N.C.
Mrs. Gertrude Maynard, Reidsville, N.C.
Mrs. Gertrude Maynard and her family are pictured in one of the bedrooms in their house.
Format: image/photograph
Mrs. Emma Mitchell, Reidsville, N.C.
Mrs. Emma Mitchell, Reidsville, N.C.
Mrs. Emma Mitchell and her family are pictured standing on the front porch of their house.
Format: image/photograph
Imam prays at Malaysian wedding
I lived with a Malaysian family for about two weeks. They invited me, a complete stranger to live in their house and attend their son's wedding. The wedding lasted for two days, and took place at both the groom's house and the bride's. Each family was responsible...
Format: audio
Mrs. W.H. Bryant, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. W.H. Bryant, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. W.H. Bryant and seven children are pictured in the bedroom in their home. One of the children holds a baby in her lap.
Format: image/photograph
Mrs. Emma Cleary, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. Emma Cleary, Wilkes County, N.C.
The Cleary family is pictured standing in front of a stone wall. All of the family members hold tobacco bags.
Format: image/photograph
Mrs. L.L. Oakley, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. L.L. Oakley, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. L.L. Oakley is shown sitting in front of the fireplace with another woman, a child, and a baby.
Format: image/photograph
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.
Three weeks and counting: What winter break might really mean
In The First Year, page 2.9
Your students might not be looking forward to a break in their routine as much as you think.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Women in families
Students will learn about a woman named No’om from ancient Palmyrene history (c. 150-170 CE) by looking at a picture of her funerary relief bust. The class will brainstorm who this woman was by looking for clues in the artifact. Students will discuss how this woman was a member of a family and learn about the different ways family members can be remembered.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Amanda Keller.
Early childhood
In Postwar North Carolina, page 9.1
First 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.
Hanoi storefront displaying statues and other supplies for ancestral altars
Hanoi storefront displaying statues and other supplies for ancestral altars
This storefront in Hanoi displays a colorful variety of statues, dishes, paintings, and shrine boxes that Vietnamese families purchase to decorate their household's ancestral altars. China ruled what is now Vietnam for nearly a thousand years, heavily influencing...
Format: image/photograph