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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)
Paper money in the Civil War
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.5
The Confederate government and the states issued paper money during the Civil War -- a great deal of it, and in many forms. This article includes some examples of North Carolina's paper money, and explains the effect of paper money on prices.
Format: article
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)
The rise of Populism
In North Carolina in the New South, page 7.1
American farmers faced new economic difficulties after the Civil War. In response, they organized to promote cooperation and to defend their interests politically. In the 1890s, they joined with labor unions to create the People's (or Populist) Party.
Format: article
"Some grievous oppressions"
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.4
Excerpt of a sermon published by Herman Husband, Regulator leader, in 1770. Husband argued that North Carolina's colonial government was unfair to small farmers. Primary source includes historical commentary.
Format: pamphlet/primary source
The struggles of a tenant farmer
In North Carolina in the New South, page 1.6
Copy of a mortgage and accounts of a tenant farmer in late nineteenth-century North Carolina, showing his struggles in paying off his debts. Includes historical background and activity questions.
Format: activity/primary source
The value of money in colonial America
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.5
This article explains the many kinds of money that circulated in colonial America and why it is nearly impossible to say what they were worth "in today's money."
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Wealth and education in North Carolina, 1900
In North Carolina in the New South, page 4.5
Report on the North Carolina Colored State Normal Schools for 1903, listing data on value of property owned by each race and on school size and attendance. Includes historical commentary.
Format: data set/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Wealth in the United States, 1870
Wealth in the United States, 1870
Format: image/map
Whigs and Democrats
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 11.1
After the War of 1812, the two-party system of Federalists and Democratic-Republicans collapsed, and an era of one-party rule was known as the Era of Good Feelings. But new conflicts arose over the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the Second Bank of the United States, and tariffs, and two new parties, the Whigs and the Democrats, emerged. In North Carolina, the Whigs gained power in the 1830s and began a period of reform.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Workers' pay and the cost of living
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.8
In this activity, students examine census records of North Carolina tobacco mills and retail prices of food to determine how much money factory workers made in "real dollars."
Format: activity
By David Walbert.

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African Voices
An online exhibit of historical and modern materials from Africa, as well as selections from contemporary interviews, literature, proverbs, prayers, folk tales, songs, and oral epics that reflect the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Smithsonian Institution
America in the 1930's
Devoted to the 1930's, this website explores the Depression era in American History through film, publications, exhibits, and radio broadcasting. Primary resouces including film clips and audio recordings lend to an authentic feel of the time period. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: University of Virginia
American Experience
Over 75 features that accompany the PBS series The American Experience, that document people and events that shaped United States history. Find video, audio, maps, images, and other resources that explore Presidents, Biographies, War and Politics,... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: PBS
Asia for Educators
Features classroom materials and teaching guides on Asia for use by educators and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Columbia University
Asia and its cultures, geography, political systems, arts, history, and business and economy. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Asia Society
The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
A collection of images and descriptions from a variety of collections focusing on the slave trade and slavery in the Americas. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia Library
C-SPAN Classroom Resources
Lesson plans include video clips, discussion questions, and booknotes for selected units. Some plans, such as the Checks and Balances lesson plan, contain a Fun Fact, Capitol Question (with link to the answer), Learn More, and Review Quiz, in addition to... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: C-SPAN
The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
Activities, feature articles, games, the Canucklehead Quiz, and an extensive timeline of Canadian and world events. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Historica Foundation
Colonial Williamsburg
This extensive website features access to the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library collections, primary source materials, videos of what life was like in the 18th century in Williamsburg, Va. and much more. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation