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Woman in Nepal with bamboo basket
Woman in Nepal with bamboo basket
In Nepal, a woman carries a load in a bamboo basket called a doko. She is wearing a red blouse and a colorful lungi -- a cloth garment worn around the waist. Goods are transported on people's backs across much of the mountains in Nepal....
Format: image/photograph
Henry Ford and the Model T
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.9
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 8.4
Short biography of Henry Ford explains how he revolutionized manufacturing by using a continuous moving assembly line. Includes a film from the Henry Ford Estate showing how the Model T worked.
Format: article
Workplace safety
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.3
Excerpt of legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1933 to protect the health and safety of industrial workers. Includes historical background.
Format: legislation/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Energy: Concepts and careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 3.9
In this lesson for grade 6, students will analyze the law of conservation of energy and will apply energy concepts to skateboarding. Students will also explore careers related to energy.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science)
By April Galloway and Christine Scott.
Unloading tobacco, Durham, 1939
Unloading tobacco, Durham, 1939
The record for this image, provided by the The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture reads: Unloading tobacco from trailer into baskets according to the grade, the night before auction sale, in warehouse. Durham,...
Format: image/photograph
Reform movements across the United States
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 11.2
In the 1830s and 1840s, a wave of social and political reform swept the United States. Various groups of reformers, often inspired by religion, worked to expand the vote, promote equal rights for women, improve labor conditions, build free public schools, limit alcohol use, and improve treatment of criminals and the insane.
Format: article
Work in a textile mill
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.1
Article describes the various kinds of work in a textile mill, the experiences of millhands in and out of the mills, and what various workers earned.
Format: article
By James Leloudis and Kathryn Walbert.
Ila Hartsell Dodson oral history excerpt (labor unions)
Ila Hartsell Dodson was born in 1907 in South Carolina and began working in the Brandon Cotton Mill at age 14. Her mother, father, and all of her nine siblings worked for various cotton mills in North and South Carolina. She met her husband working in the...
Format: audio/interview
The Piedmont Leaf Tobacco Plant Strike, 1946
In Postwar North Carolina, page 3.3
In the 1940s, a national labor union launched a wide-ranging attempt to unionize workers in the South. This movement was known as Operation Dixie, and some of its key battles were fought in Forsyth County.
Format: article
European and South American agriculture
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.3
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students conduct research about agriculture in South America and Europe and organize the information on a compare/contrast map.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.Edited by Julie McCann.
Letter of April 7, 1939
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.5
MORSE BAG COMPANY East Bend, North Carolina. April 7, 1939. Mr. Sherlock Bronson, Richmond, Virginia. Dear Sir: In compliance with your request of March 28th, I am glad to give you an idea of my experience in working with tobacco bags. My mother and father,...
Bathing party among boulders in stream as seen from above
Bathing party among boulders in stream as seen from above
A dozen women and children with brightly colored plastic pails bathe, dress, and do laundry among the boulders in a stream. The scene is viewed from above, probably from a bridge that passes over the waterway. In rural Bali, as in much of Southeast Asia, outdoor...
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The importance of rice to North Carolina
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.2
Rice was a very profitable crop in the late 1600s. People in foreign lands were already familiar with it, and it was gaining popularity as a food for the growing slave trade. Rice production helped support North Carolina's economy for many years, relying largely on slave labor. The abolition of slavery marked the beginning of the end of rice plantations in North Carolina.
Format: article
By Keri Towery.
The strike begins
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 8.2
Article from the Gastonia Daily Gazette at the beginning of the Loray Mill strike in 1929. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Motorcycle and bycycle traffic crossing bridge at Hue
Motorcycle and bycycle traffic crossing bridge at Hue
Motorcycle and bicycle traffic cross a modern metal bridge at Hué. A man pedals an empty bicycle rickshaw or cyclo on the left as a woman and child bicycle on the right. In between, women and men move faster on motorcycles. In the warm climate and frugal...
Format: image/photograph
From proslavery to secession
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 7.1
Between 1830 and 1860, as abolitionism grew in the North, southerners largely stopped questioning the wisdom of slavery and argued strongly for extending it.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Ila Hartsell Dodson oral history excerpt (child labor)
Ila Hartsell Dodson was born in 1907 in South Carolina and began working in the Brandon Cotton Mill at age 14. Her mother, father, and all of her nine siblings worked for various cotton mills in North and South Carolina. She met her husband working in the...
Format: audio/interview
Balinese farmer plows flooded rice field with team of two cows
Balinese farmer plows flooded rice field with team of two cows
A Balinese farmer plows a flooded rice field with a team of two brown cows. Barefoot and dressed in shorts, singlet, and hat, the farmer wields a thin whip as he drives his cattle and plow through the ankle-deep water. Not all Balinese farmers are wealthy...
Format: image/photograph
November 6 - November 9, 1753
In Diary of a journey of Moravians, page 8
Nov. 6. We took up our journey; Br. Hermanus remained behind to thrash oats for Mr. Johnsen. We had to drive through many muddy places and the wagon was often in danger of sticking fast. We had much work cutting out the road, which was so narrow that...
Format: diary/primary source
Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression
Images and text from a report in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documenting tobacco bag stringing work in North Carolina and Virginia in 1939.
Format: series (multiple pages)