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Alexander Martin (1740–1807)
Alexander Martin was a North Carolina delegate to the Constitutional Convention, fought in the American Revolution, and served as governor and in the state legislature.
Format: biography
All hail to thee, thou good old state
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.8
A poem by Mary Bayard Devereux Clarke, North Carolina writer and editor, written in 1854. Includes historical commentary.
Format: poetry/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Articles of Confederation
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 6.2
Full text of the Articles of Confederation, which established the first national government after the American colonies declared their independence from Britain. Includes historical commentary.
Format: constitution/primary source
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.9
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.2
During the American Revolution, on March 15, 1781, American and British armies met at Guilford Courthouse, in present-day Greensboro, North Carolina. Although the British won the battle, they lost so many troops that the battle ultimately helped the American cause. Includes a slideshow of photographs from a 2008 reenactment.
Format: article
The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.7
In February 1776, Patriot militia companies fought an army of Loyalists, mainly Scottish Highlanders, at Moore's Creek Bridge near Wilmington, North Carolina. The Patriot victory convinced colonial leaders to push for independence.
Format: article
A call for independence
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.9
After the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, North Carolina's fourth Provincial Congress met at Halifax in April 1776, and resolved that the colony's delegates to the Continental Congress should support a move to declare independence.
Format: article
Chaos in Salem
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.6
Excerpt from diaries of the Moravian congregation at Salem, North Carolina, in 1781, describing the Moravians' treatment by Patriot militias. Includes historical commentary.
Format: diary/primary source
Cherokee leaders speak
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 4.5
Exceprts of speeches of Cherokee leaders protesting white encroachment on their lands during the American Revolution.
Format: speech/primary source
The Committees of Safety
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 2.9
Excerpts from the minutes of the Committees of Safety set up in North Carolina towns and counties, 1775, for the purpose of enforcing the trade boycott against Britain. Includes historical commentary.
Format: document/primary source
The Constitutional Convention
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 6.3
The Articles of Confederation proved too weak to govern the new United States effectively, and in 1787, Congress authorized a convention to revise the document. Instead, the convention wrote an entirely new constitution for the United States.
Format: article
Creed of a Rioter
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.13
During the American Revolution, Patriots who supported the war and independence committed frequent acts of violence against Loyalists and suspected Loyalists. This satirical essay was written in 1776 by an anonymous North Carolina Patriot disturbed by the extent of the violence.
Format: essay/primary source
Dashed hopes for the frontier
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 2.2
The British won vast territory in North America after the Seven Years’ War, but with that territory came the problem of governing it. British officials tried -- and failed -- to balance the interests of colonists and American Indians, and the conflicts that resulted made the colonists increasingly unhappy with British rule and led, ultimately, to the American Revolution.
Format: article
David Fanning and the Tory War of 1781
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.10
During the American Revolution, Patriots and Loyalists fought in the North Carolina backcountry. In 1781, David Fanning, commanding the Loyalist forces of five counties, terrorized residents of the Piedmont.
Format: article
The Declaration of Independence
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.11
Text of the Declaration of Independence with historical commentary.
Format: declaration/primary source
"The difference is about our land": Cherokees and Catawbas
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 4.1
During the American Revolution, American Indians living in North Carolina had to choose whether to support England or the colonists. While different groups of Indians made different decisions, most made their choices based on how they thought they could best protect their lands.
Format: article
By Jim L. Sumner.
The Edenton "Tea Party"
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 2.7
In October 1774, several prominent women of Edenton gathered at the home of Elizabeth King, with Penelope Barker presiding, to sign a petition supporting the American cause. This letter describing the event, which came to be known as the Edenton Tea Party, appeared in a London newspaper. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
The first national government: The Articles of Confederation
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 6.1
The Articles of Confederation served as the written document that established the functions of the national government of the United States after it declared independence from Great Britain. It established a weak central government that mostly, but not entirely, prevented the individual states from conducting their own foreign diplomacy.
Format: article
The First Provincial Congress
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 2.6
After the Boston Tea Party in December 1773, Britain retaliated with a series of punitive measures that colonists called the "intolerable acts." In August 1774, North Carolina's colonial leaders met at New Bern to set out their princples, to plan further opposition to Britain, and to choose delegates to a Continental Congress. This excerpt from the proceedings of that First Provincial Congress includes historical commentary.
Format: document/primary source
"George, hide thy face and mourn"
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.8
Before the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in 1781, Continental Army General Nathaniel Greene stopped in Salisbury and was inspired by the aid and sacrifice of a woman who owned a tavern. This version of the story was told in the 1840s. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source