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oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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Secession political cartoon
Secession political cartoon
A political cartoon, drawn circa 1861, depicts southern secession. The cartoon shows Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana as men riding donkeys, following South Carolina's lead toward a cliff. The rider carrying the Georgia flag rides down a hill,...
Format: image/cartoon
Analyzing the songs of the Regulators
In this lesson plan, students read songs written by the Regulators -- protesters against high taxes in North Carolina's Piedmont just before the American Revolution. Students analyze the lyrics of the songs to determine the political, economic, and social concerns of the Regulators.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Teaching elections with the Mini Page Archive
This guide for fourth and fifth grade teachers suggests activities and resources for using the Mini Page Archive to teach elections.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
1919 political cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman
1919 political cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman
The National Archives and Records Administration's description of this cartoon reads: When this cartoon was published the 1920 Presidential election was nearly a year and a half away. There were no clear front-runners and both major parties were...
Format: image/cartoon
Nathaniel Macon
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 1.4
Biography of Nathaniel Macon (1758–1837), North Carolina political leader from Warren County.
Format: biography
Political parties in the United States, 1896–1929
Political parties have shifted many times in 220 years of national politics. Even when parties have kept the same names for long periods, their issues, principles, demographics, and regional support all change over time. This chart shows the evolution of political...
Format: document/timeline
Election 2008
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2008 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Impressed with embargo
Students will learn about the causes of the War of 1812 and make connections to current world events.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Andrea McGuire.
Election 2012
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2012 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
1807 embargo cartoon
1807 embargo cartoon
In 1807, the U.S. passed an embargo act at the request of President Thomas Jefferson. The Embargo Act of 1807 stated that American ships could not carry cargo to foreign ports and that foreign ships could not load cargo in American ports. This political cartoon...
Format: image/cartoon
The nearer we come to the present, the more difficult it becomes to write history. When we consider events of a hundred years ago, we can evaluate their long-term impact. But the events of the last ten or twenty years are still raw; we don't know their consequences...
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Curriculum alignment
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.3
Here you will find ideas for aligning lessons that include LGBTQIA topics to both Common Core and NC Essential Standards.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
Brown versus Board of Education: Rhetoric and realities
In this lesson, students will listen to three oral histories that shed light on political and personal reactions toward the 1954 Supreme Court ruling Brown versus Board of Education. Includes a teacher's guide as well as the oral history audio excerpts and transcripts.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Gertrude Weil congratulates — and consoles — suffragists
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.11
Letter from Gertrude Weil, president of North Carolina's Equal Suffrage Association, to supporters after the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified by enough states to become part of the Constitution -- but failed to pass in North Carolina.
Format: letter/primary source
Those feuding Greeks!
This lesson is designed to familiarize students with the philosophical, political, economic, military and social differences between Athens and Sparta.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Social Studies)
By Pernell Collett.
The Selma-to-Montgomery March
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.11
The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks -- and three events -- that represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement.
Format: article
Paired writing: Hoover and FDR
Taking on the persona of FDR and Hoover, students will write responses to citizens seeking help with real world problems.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Angie Panel Holthausen.
The Wright Tavern
Built in 1816, the Wright Tavern was in operation for over a century. It is a "rare example of a frame construction dog-run building and the finest existing example of this plan in North Carolina." It is open for tours by appointment only.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
World War I political debate
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.7
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students will use their knowledge of World War I to debate whether Germany should have paid reparations following the war.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Shea Calloway.