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Mapping rumors of Nat Turner's Rebellion
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.2
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 6.2
Introduction to a series of primary sources about Nat Turner's Rebellion and the responses to it in North Carolina, including rumors of further slave insurrections and retaliation against African Americans allegedly involved. This page provides maps showing the locations of key events, the distribution of slaves in North Carolina, and the location of roads along which news would have traveled.
Format: activity
The Good Roads movement
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.11
The first document on this page is a letter written by the president of the North Carolina Good Roads Association, W. A. McGritt, to the state’s governor, Thomas Bickett. The second is from a pamphlet published by the association, encouraging citizens to support a tax for the construction of roads. Historical commentary provides a short history of the Good Roads movement.
Format: letter/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Fayetteville and Western Plank Road
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.6
The Fayetteville and Western Plank Road, a wood-paved highway, connected the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina with the Moravian settlements at Salem.
Format: article
Museum of the Cape Fear
This museum interprets the history and culture of southern North Carolina from prehistory to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Interstate highways from the ground up
This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway by through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Discussion questions: Expanding to the west
This set of discussion questions was designed to help students understand an article about the settlement of the Piedmont region of North Carolina between 1730 and 1775.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Snow days
In The First Year, page 3.2
Don't make assumptions about school policies, and remember that not all “rules” are written down.
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Guanajuato's subterranean roads
Guanajuato's subterranean roads
Homes rise from the stone foundations of a sunken road. The photo is taken from under a stone archway, looking out. Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico. It was an important colonial city because of the area’s large silver deposits....
Format: image/photograph
Living in Dunefields
Living in Dunefields
Format: image/photograph
Rebuilding dunes
In Small sand volume barrier islands: Environmental processes and development risks, page 14
Figure 12 shows new dunes built to provide protection from the next storm's overwash. The sand for this construction has been scraped off roads and overwash fans further back on the island. It has been cleaned of debris by passing it through a slatted steel...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
The entrance to Guanajuato's subterranean roads
The entrance to Guanajuato's subterranean roads
A man walks on the sidewalk toward the arched entrance to an underground road. A home sits atop the arch, with potted plants attached to an iron railing. Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico. It was an important colonial city because...
Format: image/photograph
Beach and berm
In Small sand volume barrier islands: Environmental processes and development risks, page 4
Figure 2 shows another view of the same rather dull topography of beach and berm. A little life can be seen in the middle background where pioneering sand dune plants have established a precarious roothold. In the left background you can see where sand has...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Archibald Murphey
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.4
Archibald Debow Murphey (1777–1832) was a North Carolina state senator and later a Superior Court judge who fought for a comprehensive system of public education, construction of canals and roads, and other progressive reforms.
Format: biography
A creek at the base of Roan Highlands
In Roan Mountain Highlands, page 19
Figure 17 shows some of the downstream damage wrought by the January 1998 flood. I regret it is not easy to make out, but the creek is, at this low flow stage, the narrow water body flowing from upper left to lower right at the base of the steep bank from...
By Jennifer Godwin-Wyer and Dirk Frankenberg.
The Interstate Highway System
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.2
Planning for an improved national system of highways had begun during the Depression, but it was not until 1956 that President Eisenhower called for a "modern, interstate highway system."
Format: article
Adapted by David Walbert.
The highways or the byways: Mapping routes in North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 2.1
In this lesson, students use mathematical skills to choose the best routes for traveling around the state. Students will also use various internet resources for determining and plotting distance and ratio of miles per hour to time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Mathematics)
Buxton Overwash
Buxton Overwash
Format: image/photograph
Rolling hills south of Riobamba, Ecuador
Rolling hills south of Riobamba, Ecuador
Rolling hills expand for miles in this panorama of the Ecuadorian countryside. A few houses can be seen in the distance. Riobamba has a long and storied history. Its convenient location in the highlands between the coast and the jungle has made it an important...
Format: image/photograph
Sewing hats in Riobamba, Ecuador
Sewing hats in Riobamba, Ecuador
An elderly woman sits at an antique sewing machine stitching the brim of a white hat. Riobamba has a long and storied history. Its convenient location in the highlands between the coast and the jungle has made it an important crossroads in the development...
Format: image/photograph
Purple flowers in Riobamba, Ecuador
Purple flowers in Riobamba, Ecuador
Purple flowers overhang a street in Riobamba, Ecuador. A white stucco building with two wall lamps is visible in the background. Riobamba has a long and storied history. Its convenient location in the highlands between the coast and the jungle has made it...
Format: image/photograph