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An orphan's apprenticeship
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.9
An indenture from Bertie County, North Carolina, 1759, apprenticing an orphan boy to a shipwright. Includes historical commentary.
Format: document/primary source
Race in her lifetime
In this lesson, students will use oral histories to trace the life of Rebecca Clark, an African American who was born in rural Orange County just before the Depression and witnessed the changes in civil rights over the years.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
An Act to Encourage the Settlement of this Country (1707)
In Colonial North Carolina, page 2.2
Passed by the provincial Assembly of Carolina in 1707, this legislation provides incentives for settlers and explains the justification for doing so. Includes historical commentary.
Format: legislation/primary source
Early childhood
In Postwar North Carolina, page 9.1
First part of an oral history interview with Rebecca Clark, an African American who was born in rural Orange County just before the Depression and witnessed the changes in civil rights over the years.
Format: interview
Commentary and sidebar notes by Kristin Post.
Colonial North Carolina
Colonial North Carolina from the establishment of the Carolina in 1663 to the eve of the American Revolution in 1763. Compares the original vision for the colony with the way it actually developed. Covers the people who settled North Carolina; the growth of institutions, trade, and slavery; the impact of colonization on American Indians; and significant events such as Culpeper's Rebellion, the Tuscarora War, and the French and Indian Wars.
Format: book (multiple pages)
James Curry's childhood in slavery
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 3.3
Excerpt from the "Narrative of James Curry, A Fugitive Slave," in which the author recalls his childhood and the experiences of his mother. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Families in colonial North Carolina
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.7
In colonial families, the father had absolute authority over his family, and wives and children were expected to do as they were told. And everyone, even young children, worked to sustain the family.
Format: article
By L. Maren Wood.
Child labor
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 7.1
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.7
Slideshow Lewis Hine, photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, documented child labor across...
Format: article
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)
Dear Peter Rabbit
Students will identify formal language and sentence structures in friendly letters. They will use similar formal language and style to create friendly letters to other story book characters.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Caroline Annas, Elizabeth Gibson, and Stephanie Johnson.
AIDS in Africa Symposium
Students will take on roles of those with a unique perspective on the AIDS crisis in Africa. Taking part in a symposium, each character, famous and ordinary, makes a statement and participates in a question-answer period.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
In Colonial North Carolina, page 2.5
The Quakers — more properly known as the Society of Friends — were an important group in the politics and society of early North Carolina. This article explains their early history, beliefs, and immigration to North Carolina.
Format: article
By L. Maren Wood.
The Raleigh Female Benevolent Society
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 11.9
Constitution and managers' report of the Raleigh Female Benevolent Society, 1823, describing the society's efforts to educate poor children and provide work for poor women. Includes historical commentary.
Format: report/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.

Resources on the web

Virtual Jamestown
A site with ample and varied information and important images regarding the Jamestown colony. You can see images of earthenware, Indian foods, the arrival of Englishmen in Virginia, the compartments within a British slave ship, famous documents of the time,... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: University of Virginia
Sunday School Books - Shaping the Values of Youth in Nineteenth-Century America
This collection presents 163 Sunday school books published in America between 1815 and 1865. They document the culture of religious instruction of youth in America during the Antebellum era. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress