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Sharecropping and tenant farming
In North Carolina in the New South, page 1.3
After the Civil War, former slaves and white farmers forced off the land by hard times rented land as tenants or worked for a share of the crop they produced, often living in continual debt.
Format: article
Reclaimed by the forest
In East from India: Cambodia and Southern Vietnam, page 16
Ta Prohm was built as a double-moated, royal monastery during the reign of Jayavarman VII at the end of the twelfth century. As a Mahayana Buddhist, the king dedicated the monument to his mother envisioned as a "bodhisattva" or saint of compassion. The images...
By Lorraine Aragon.
The rise of labor unions
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.9
Little of the wealth that industry produced went to workers, and improvements in technology further reduced wages without making work any easier or less dangerous. In the late ninenteenth century, workers began to organize to demand higher wages and better working conditions.
Format: article
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)
Cotton mills from differing perspectives: Critically analyzing primary documents
In this lesson, students will read two primary source documents: a 1909 pamphlet exposing the use of child labor in the cotton mills of North Carolina, and a weekly newsletter published by the mill companies. Students will also listen to oral history excerpts from mill workers to gain a third perspective. In a critical analysis, students will identify the audiences for both documents, speculate on the motivations of their authors, and examine the historical importance of each document.
Format: lesson plan
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
Postwar North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the postwar era (1945–1975).
Format: book (multiple pages)
Free falling: Working with radicals
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.4
In this lesson, students solve problems involving radicals and discuss the importance of radicals in various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
"Land and Work in Carolina" teaching strategies
A variety of suggested activities for use with an article that explains the key elements of feudalism, with a focus on how those elements evolved into the systems of labor and land ownership seen in colonial North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Careers in medicine and the ancient Greeks
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.4
In this lesson for grade six, students will learn about ancient Greek medicine and the Hippocratic Oath and will research contemporary medical careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.
Postal polynomials
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.6
In this lesson, students use polynomials to solve problems, and discuss how polynomials are relevant in some careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 and 9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
Children at home in a textile mill community
Children at home in a textile mill community
The girl in the plaid dress, standing in front of her home in this picture, works in the textile mill in Gastonia, North Carolina. She is twelve years old and has been working at the mill for four years. One of her brothers stands next to her in the picture....
Format: image/photograph
General statement of Sherlock Bronson
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.6
Virginia-Carolina Service Corporation General Office 1413-15-17 East Franklin Street Richmond, Virginia April 13, 1939. Hon. Graham A. Barden, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. Barden: Upon my return to Richmond after my interview with you...
Children at work: Exposing child labor in the cotton mills of the Carolinas
In this lesson, students will learn about the use of child labor in the cotton mills of the Carolinas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They will learn what life was like for a child worker and then write an investigative news report exposing the practice of child labor in the mills, using quotations from oral histories with former child mill workers and photographs of child laborers taken by social reform photographer Lewis Hine.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
Understanding work in colonial Carolina
This lesson plan explores two forms of labor in colonial Carolina — indentured servitude and apprenticeships. Students learn about these forms of labor by reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Slavery across North Carolina
In this lesson, students read excerpts from slave narratives to gain an understanding of how slavery developed in each region of North Carolina and how regional differences created a variety of slave experiences.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
Mrs. Cornelia Neal
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.11
NEAL, MRS. CORNELIA, (colored), age 66, husband 70; two children and four grandchildren living with her. INCOME: They raise some of their food and a little tobacco. HOME CONDITIONS: The house has eight rooms and there are 62 acres of land. they own 2 mules,...
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)
Working with matrices
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.8
In this lesson, students use matrices to organize sets of data.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
The cabinet
In Election 2012, page 2.8
A guide to the North Carolina Governor's cabinet including the Council of State, department Secretaries and the Lieutenant Governor. Includes information about the 2012 candidates for all elected cabinet positions.
Format: bibliography
Workers' pay and the cost of living
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.8
In this activity, students examine census records of North Carolina tobacco mills and retail prices of food to determine how much money factory workers made in "real dollars."
Format: activity
By David Walbert.