K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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This illustration appeared in Harper's Weekly after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. The caption reads, "The effects of the proclamation -- Freed negroes coming into our lines at Newbern, North Carolina."
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Sketch showing route of the Burnside expedition [to Roanoke Island, N.C., February 6, 1862]
 Sketch showing route of the Burnside expedition [to Roanoke Island, N.C., February 6, 1862]
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1860 U.S. electoral map
1860 U.S. electoral map
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1861 Flag of North Carolina
1861 Flag of North Carolina
The state flag of North Carolina adopted following secession from the United States in 1861 consists of a red field at left and, at right, a blue bar above a white bar. The red field contains a single white star with the dates, in white, May 20th 1775 (the...
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African American soldiers
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.9
After Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, some 180,000 African American soldiers fought for the Union cause in the Civil War.
Format: article
African Americans get the vote in eastern North Carolina
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 9.9
After the Civil War, African American communities in eastern North Carolina, having already tasted freedom during the war, were ready to fight for political rights.
Format: article
Amending the U.S. Constitution
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 9.8
Text of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution, passed after the Civil War to abolish slavery and to guarantee the civil rights of African Americans.
Format: constitution/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Amnesty letters
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 9.5
Letters from North Carolinians to President Andrew Johnson asking for amnesty after the Civil War. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/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 Apotheosis of Washington
The Apotheosis of Washington
Photograph of Constantino Brumidi's 1865 fresco in the Capitol dome, entitled The Apotheosis of Washington. The fresco (a painting done on fresh, moist plaster) depicts George Washington's apotheosis — or elevation to the...
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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.10
President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated April 14, 1865, five days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox and two weeks before Johnston's final surrender at Bennett Place.
Format: article
Atlanta in ruins, circa 1864
Atlanta in ruins, circa 1864
Atlanta in ruins during the Civil War, circa 1864.
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The Battle of Bentonville
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.9
Memoir of a Confederate soldier describing the march to Bentonville and the battle there on March 19, 1865. He describes the desperate state of the Confederate army by the end of the war. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Battle of Gettysburg
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.8
The diary of Confederate soldier Louis Leon in the first days of July 1863, describing his experiences at the Battle of Gettysburg. Includes historical commentary.
Format: diary/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert and L. Maren Wood.
The Battle of New Bern
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 3.5
The Battle of New Bern on March 14, 1862, won by Union General Burnside's forces, was the second of three major engagements on the North Carolina coast in the second year of the Civil War.
Format: article
The Battle of New Bern
The Battle of New Bern
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The battle of Roanoke Island
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 3.3
Dispatch from Roanoke Island to northern newspapers after the Union victory in February 1862. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Battle of Roanoke Island
Battle of Roanoke Island
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Bennett Place
Bennett Place
At Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham, North Carolina, the house at which Confederate General Joseph Johnston surrendered to Union General William Sherman has been reconstructed and is open to visitors. The house was rebuilt after it burned in the...
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Bird's Eye View of Confederate Prison Pen at Salisbury, N.C., Taken in 1864
Bird's Eye View of Confederate Prison Pen at Salisbury, N.C., Taken in 1864
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