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Defining career vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 1.6
In this lesson, students learn vocabulary terms associated with careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts)
By Andrea Fedon, Gail Frank, and Cindy Neininger.
Percent of change: What's the deal?
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.5
In this lesson, students calculate percent of change and discuss how percent of change is used in retail careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.5
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, families throughout the tobacco-growing regions of North Carolina and Virginia earned much-needed income by sewing drawstrings into cotton tobacco bags. New Deal legislation intended to protect workers threatened to disrupt the livelihood of home workers, whose activities were largely unregulated. This article introduces a collection of primary sources about women who worked as tobacco bag stringers in the 1930s.
Format: article
Mrs. L.L. Oakley, Wilkes County, N.C.
Mrs. L.L. Oakley, Wilkes County, N.C.
Several people are shown standing in the doorway of a house.
Format: image/photograph
The Knights of Labor
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.10
Excerpt from the 1878 Platform of the Knights of Labor, an early labor union. Includes historical commentary.
Format: declaration/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
International Space Station scenario
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 3.6
In this lesson for grade 6, students will learn about the International Space Station and will explore the many careers associated with it.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Guidance and Science)
By April Galloway and Christine Scott.
Mrs. Flossie Johnson, Reidsville, N.C.
Mrs. Flossie Johnson, Reidsville, N.C.
The Johnson family is pictured standing in front of their house.
Format: image/photograph
On wheels
In Contemporary life in Vietnam, page 15
On this modern metal bridge at Hué, a woman and child bicycle on the right while in the middle, women and men move faster on motorcycles. In the warm climate and frugal economic conditions of Southeast Asia, motorcycles and motor scooters are practical and...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Mrs. Leacey Royal
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.4
MRS. LEACEY ROYAL, aged 27, married and has 4 children. Husband is 29. They reside in Reddies River, N.C. INCOME: Husband works on P.W.A. sixteen days a month and gets $24. They have no other income. EXPENSES: They use everything they make for food. Taxes...
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity two
In this lesson, students will read and evaluate primary source letters from the Great Depression about the effects of the Fair Labor Standards Act on North Carolina's tobacco bag stringers.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Some of the larger spinners in Catawba Cotton Mills, Newton, N.C.
Some of the larger spinners in Catawba Cotton Mills, Newton, N.C.
Format: image/photograph
Growing tobacco
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.5
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 8.9
This short documentary shows the process of harvesting, curing, and selling tobacco, from farm to auction. It was filmed at Duke Homestead State Historic Site in Durham, North Carolina, during the 2009 Tobacco Harvest Festival.
Format: documentary
Making yarn in a cotton mill
Making yarn in a cotton mill
A worker at White Oak Mills in Greensboro, North Carolina, makes yarn.
Format: image/photograph
Businesses by county, 1854
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.3
In this activity, students explore an excerpt from the Southern Business Directory and General Commercial Advertiser of 1854 to learn about business and town life in antebellum North Carolina.
Format: activity
Alice P. Evitt oral history excerpt (child labor)
Alice P. Evitt was born in 1898 and began working at the cotton mills near Charlotte, North Carolina in 1910 when she was 12 years old. She worked 12 hours a day, every day except Sunday, and earned 25 cents a day for her work. In this except, Ms. Evitt talks...
Format: audio/interview
Mrs. Leacey Royal, Reddies River, N.C.
Mrs. Leacey Royal, Reddies River, N.C.
Mrs. Leacey Royal and three children are pictured standing outside of their house.
Format: image/photograph
Mrs. B.F. Stayley, Reddies River, N.C.
Mrs. B.F. Stayley, Reddies River, N.C.
Mrs. B.F. Stayley is pictured in the interior of her home, sitting next to an ornate wooden dresser. Part of Mrs. Stayley's kitchen is visible in the background.
Format: image/photograph
Mrs. Flossie Clary, North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Mrs. Flossie Clary, North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Mrs. Flossie Clary is pictured standing in front of an empty field.
Format: image/photograph
Mrs. Eugenia Allen
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.10
ALLEN, MRS. EUGENIA, (colored); married and has three children and four grandchildren living with her; aged 51; husband aged 59. Reside at Reidsville, N.C. INCOME: They raise corn and tobacco to sell, and all the food they need. Taxes are about $35.00 a year...
Mrs. B. F. Stayley
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.5
STAYLEY, MRS. B.F., married and has 14 children but all of them are away from home. Her age is 65; her husband's age is 69. Reside at Reddis [sic] River, N.C. INCOME: Husband makes all his money by farming and by lending money. They have one son who is a school...