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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)
A two-room mill house
A two-room mill house
Format: image/photograph
A four-room mill house with gable
A four-room mill house with gable
Format: image/diagram
A three-room narrow mill house
A three-room narrow mill house
Format: image/photograph
Plans for a four-room mill house with gable
Plans for a four-room mill house with gable
Format: image/diagram
Plans for a three-room narrow mill house
Plans for a three-room narrow mill house
Format: image/diagram
Plan for a two-room mill house
Plan for a two-room mill house
Format: image/diagram
AOWS6: Revolution, reaction, reform: Industrialization creates a modern world
This online professional development course takes the concept of revolution away from war and links it to a major change in society using the late 19th and early 20th century Industrial Revolution and following Progressive Era.
Format: article/online course
Bonsack cigarette rolling machine
Bonsack cigarette rolling machine
Format: image/photograph
Industrialization in North Carolina
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.7
Industrialization needed five things -- capital, labor, raw materials, markets, and transportation -- and in the 1870s, North Carolina had all of them. This article explains the process of industrialization in North Carolina, with maps of factory and railroad growth.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Cotton mill workers, c. 1899
Cotton mill workers, c. 1899
A "Group of Southern Cotton Mill Operatives" poses for an 1899 textbook about cotton mill operations.
Format: image/photograph
Cities and public architecture
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.7
In this activity, students compare photographs of public buildings in Charlotte before and after industrialization and the growth of the city in the late nineteenth century to learn about industrial wealth and the culture of the Gilded Age.
Format: article
A cotton mill superintendent's house
A cotton mill superintendent's house
Photograph of a cotton mill superintendent's house (cost $1500) from an 1899 textbook on cotton mill management.
Format: image/photograph
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)
Tobacco mills in North Carolina, 1896
Tobacco mills in North Carolina, 1896
Map shows locations of tobacco factories in North Carolina, 1896. Present-day county boundaries are provided for reference.
Format: image/map
Textile mills in North Carolina, 1896
Textile mills in North Carolina, 1896
Map shows locations of North Carolina cotton and woolen mills, 1896. Counties are drawn with present-day boundaries for reference.
Format: image/map
Industrialization and Progressive Reform in the Craft Revival
In this lesson plan, originally published on the Craft Revival website, students will analyze the process of making a hobby into a job. They will explore Craft Revival work environments, representations of industrial work environments, and data regarding Craft Revival work. To close the activity, students write a journal entry comparing Craft Revival and industrial work experiences.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Patrick Velde.
Report of Vice-Consul R. E. Heide on the Resources, Trade and Commerce of North Carolina (1875)
An 1875 report on the population, geography, industry, and natural resources of North Carolina, with particular attention to shipping, navigation, and the production of naval stores.
Format: book (multiple pages)
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)
Brevard Station Museum
This museum provides a collection of interesting stories, facts, recollections, pictures and tidbits relating to the history of Stanley, Gaston County, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity