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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Address from inhabitants near Haw River
The request of the Inhabitants of the West side of Haw river to the Assembly men and Vestry men of Orange County Whereas the Taxes in the County are larger according to the number of Taxables than adjacent counties and continues so year after year,...
Format: petition
An Address to the People of Granville County
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.2
Excerpt of a speech by George Sims, Granville County school teacher and Regulator leader, in 1765. Sims blames corrupt lawyers and public officials for the problems of small farmers in the Piedmont. Includes historical commentary.
Format: speech/primary source
Anti-war demonstrations
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.9
Although the anti-war protests of the 1960s and 1970s are remembered today mainly as something young people participated in, people aged 18 to 29 actually were more likely to support the war than their elders, and college campuses were deeply divided on the issue. Protests in cities drew people of all ages and backgrounds. This page includes video of a 1967 march on the Pentagon.
Campus protests
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.10
Press release by the UNC-Chapel Hill student government, May 9, 1970, explaining students' strike to protest the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia and the killing of protesters at Kent State University in Ohio. Includes historical background.
Format: document/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Desegregating public accommodations in Durham
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.6
After the Freedom Rides of 1961 led to integration of interstate buses and terminals, the Civil Rights Movement moved on to "Freedom Highways" in 1962 -- campaigning to end segregation at establishments that served the traveling public. The Howard Johnson's restaurant on Chapel Hill Boulevard became a focal point in Durham.
Format: article
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
Edmund Fanning reports to Governor Tryon
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.5
Letter from Edmund Fanning to Governor William Tryon, April 23, 1768, reporting on the activities of the Regulators. Shows how the Regulators were seen by colonial leaders. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
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
Freedom Ride
In Postwar North Carolina, page 3.2
In 1946, the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation of passengers on interstate buses was an "undue burden on interstate commerce"and could not be enforced. The following year, sixteen people set off on a tour of southern cities to test the laws. Despite the Supreme Court's ruling, four riders were arrested in Chapel Hill.
Format: article
The Freedom Riders
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.5
The Supreme Court ruled in 1960 that all buses and facilities associated with interstate travel must be desegregated. But blacks who used whites-only waiting rooms and refused to give up their seats to whites faced mob violence. Their refusal either to stop or to fight back showed Americans -- many for the first time -- the hard reality of racial oppression.
Format: book
The Greensboro sit-ins
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 4.9
Contemporary newspaper coverage of the Greensboro sit-ins, February 1, 1960. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott
In Postwar North Carolina, page 3.7
The story of the protest against the city bus system of Montgomery, Alabama, by civil rights activists in 1955–56, in which Rosa Parks was the most famous participant.
Format: article
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)
The Piedmont Leaf Tobacco Plant Strike, 1946
In Postwar North Carolina, page 3.3
In the 1940s, a national labor union launched a wide-ranging attempt to unionize workers in the South. This movement was known as Operation Dixie, and some of its key battles were fought in Forsyth County.
Format: article
A Pledge to Violate the Stamp Act
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 2.5
In 1766, during the colonial protests of the Stamp Act, some residents of eastern North Carolina, including many colonial leaders, signed this pledge to refuse to pay the tax. Primary source includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/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 Regulation in Anson County
Rules and Resolves entered into by the Anson Mob. Vizt Whereas the Tax for the present year is very high part of which, unseen seem to many unlawful and unnecessary, that together with the great scarcity of Money that have put it out of our power...
Format: letter/primary source
The Regulators organize
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.3
Subscription to an organization of Regulators, January 1768. The subscribers agreed to resist paying taxes and fees they considred unlawful and to petition their representatives to change laws they considered unfair. Primary source includes historical commentary.
Format: declaration/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)
Sit-ins
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.2
On February 1, 1960, four African American students in Greensboro, North Carolina, took whites-only seats at a department store lunch counter. Their nonviolent protest launched a nationwide movement of "sit-ins" to fight Jim Crow laws.
Format: book