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Bicycles: Scourge of the streets?
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.4
Newspaper editorials about a collision between a bicylclist and a pedestrian in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1897. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Cargo manifests of Confederate blockade runners
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.4
Cargo manifests of various ships that ran the Union blockade to bring goods from Nassau, in the Bahamas, to Wilmington, North Carolina, during the Civil War. Includes historical commentary.
Format: document/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
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
Going to the movies
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 6.12
Newspaper article about the first "talkie" shown in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1929. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
Hysteria in Wilmington
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.8
Excerpt from the diary of Moses Ashley Curtis, a Wilmington tutor. Curtis describes the response of Wilmington residents to the threat of a slave insurrection in September, 1831, after Nat Turner's Rebellion. Includes historical commentary.
Format: diary/primary source
J. Allen Kirk on the Wilmington Race Riot
In North Carolina in the New South, page 8.6
Account of the Wilmington Race Riot by the Rev. Dr. J. Allen Kirk, pastor of the Central Baptist Church. Kirk and his family hid in a graveyard from the white mob, then fled the city. Primary source includes historical commentary.
Format: pamphlet/primary source
Letter from an African American citizen of Wilmington to the President
In North Carolina in the New South, page 8.5
Letter to President William McKinley, describing the Wilmington Race Riot and asking him to intervene and "send relief." Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction (1860–1876). Topics include debates over secession, battles and strategies, the war in North Carolina, the soldier's experience, the home front, freedom and civil rights for former slaves, Reconstruction, and the "redemption" of the state by conservatives.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)
A petition to protect families of Loyalists
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.11
During the American Revolution, the British Army occupied Wilmington, North Carolina, and forced the families of Patriot leaders to leave the city. When the Americans retook the city in 1782, they retaliated by evicting the families of Loyalists. Twenty-one Patriot women who had themselves been evicted protested the similar treatment of their neighbors. Primary source includes historical commentary.
Format: petition/primary source
Postwar North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the postwar era (1945–1975).
Format: book (multiple pages)
The "Revolutionary Mayor" of Wilmington
In North Carolina in the New South, page 8.4
Account of the Wilmington Race Riot by Alfred Waddell, who had led the violence. Waddell blamed the violence on blacks and Wilmington's white Fusionist leaders, and he claimed that he had been legally elected mayor of Wilmington. Includes historical commentary.
Format: /primary source
Revolutionary North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Running the blockade
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.3
Confederate spy Belle Boyd's tale of running the Union blockade from Wilmington, North Carolina. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
"A sickening state of things"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 9.9
Letter from Rachel Lazarus of Wilmington, North Carolina, to Eliza Mordecai of Mobile, Alabama. The writer describes the supposed plot of a slave insurrection in southeastern North Carolina and concludes that whites must live in fear until slavery is ended. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
A slave auction at Wilmington
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 2.6
Letter from a German traveler describing a slave auction in the 1780s. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.