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A sampling of Jim Crow laws
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 5.2
Examples of laws in southern states enforcing racial segregation prior to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
Format: article/primary source
American Indians
A guide to some of the best resources for teaching about American Indians, including lesson plans, articles, websites, and field trip opportunities.
Format: bibliography/help
Science Family Fun Night
One night a month Vivian Smith opens her classroom to families where they work together to solve logic problems and conduct experiments. Learn how this science teacher increases family involvement in her students' education and find ideas for science experiments, webquests, projects, and construction contests.
By Waverly Harrell.
Camp Bragg
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 3.7
This 1919 description of Fort Bragg and the process of building it during World War I was published as part of a larger book promoting Fayetteville and the surrounding area. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
A waitress
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.5
WPA interview with a woman working as a waitress in western North Carolina during the Great Depression. She describes how she has moved around frequently looking for work. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Transatlantic Teacher Scholars – American Battle Monuments Commission
LEARN NC was recently awarded a contract by the American Battle Monuments Commission to build an interactive teaching companion to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Verdun, France. This team will explore ways to unlock the narrative stories and trends...
The war on terror and the presidency of George W. Bush
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.6
A brief history of the United States in the first decade of the 21st century, largely focusing on the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath.
Format: book
Shadows of North Carolina's past
In Intrigue of the Past, page 4.2
Students will infer past Native American lifeways based on observation, construct a timeline of four major culture periods in Native American history, and compare these lifeways and discuss how they are different and alike.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
The North Carolina mountains in the early 1900s through the writing and photography of Horace Kephart
Students will develop an understanding of daily life and culture in the mountains of North Carolina during the early 20th century through photographs and written sources; practice visual literacy skills and gain experience analyzing visual and written sources of historical information; and learn to revise their early analyses of historical sources and to synthesize the information found in different kinds of primary documents by planning a museum exhibit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
The pottery makers
In Intrigue of the Past, page 3.4
Archaeologists do a bit of shrugging when asked about the Woodland—that time and lifeway tucked between 1000 BC and AD 1000. Some things they readily understand, but others leave them wondering.
Among the Tuscarora: The strange and mysterious death of John Lawson, gentleman, explorer, and writer
They've taken his clothes, picked the straight razor out of his pocket: one brave fingers it, touches the blade — bright blood springs from his thumb and he laughs. The pitch pine split by the women is ready, a clay pot full...
Format: article
By Marjorie Hudson.
The village farmers
In Intrigue of the Past, page 3.5
North Carolina sat on a crossroads by AD 1000. Cultural ideas from other places breezed through it and around it: how to decorate pottery, how to orient political and social life, how to honor the dead, how to structure towns.

Resources on the web

FactFinder Kids' Corner
Learn about the U.S. Census and get facts about your state such as social, housing, employment, and population statistics. Try out the quizzes too! (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: US Bureau of the Census
Planning a new town
In this Xpeditions lesson, students make decisions about buildings, businesses, services, and housing areas to include in the development of a new town. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Science)
Provided by: National Geographic
U.S. Census Bureau: North Carolina Profiles
Statistical data for North Carolina gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau, a map of the state with selectable counties for access to information about each county. Information is available for each North Carolina city, as well as for the state as a whole. Information... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: U.S. Census Bureau
U. S. Cabinet
Learn about the role of the President's Cabinet, its members members, and the role of succession to the President of the United States. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Office of the President
Native American cultures across the U.S.
Students discuss the differences between five Native American tribes within the U.S. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities
For European Recovery: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan
In 1947, Secretary of State Marshall proposed a solution to the wide-spread hunger, unemployment, and housing shortages that faced Europeans in the aftermath of World War II. Explore this collection of primary source documents, photographs, and cartoons that... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
North Carolina State Data Center
“The North Carolina State Data Center (SDC) is a consortium of state and local agencies that provides the public with data about the state and its component geographic areas. The SDC program is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Bureau of the Census... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: North Carolina State Data Center
World Economic Forum
Incorporated as a not-for-profit institution in 1971, they are based in Geneva, Switzerland. The goal of the organization is to "shape global, regional and industry standards." (Learn more)
Format: website/general