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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 banking crisis
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.7
"Fireside chat" radio address by President Franklin Roosevelt, March 1933, explaining the banking crisis of that year and what his new administration was doing about it. Includes historical background and an explanation of bank runs and the banking crisis.
Format: speech/primary source
Colonial North Carolina
Colonial North Carolina from the establishment of the Carolina in 1663 to the eve of the American Revolution in 1763. Compares the original vision for the colony with the way it actually developed. Covers the people who settled North Carolina; the growth of institutions, trade, and slavery; the impact of colonization on American Indians; and significant events such as Culpeper's Rebellion, the Tuscarora War, and the French and Indian Wars.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The compromise of 1877
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 10.8
After the disputed presidential election of 1876, Democrats in Congress agreed to certify a majority vote for Republican Rutherford B. Hayes if Republicans agreed to end military reconstruction.
Format: article
The cost of Tryon Palace
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.8
Table detailing the expenses of building Tryon Palace, the residence of the colonial governor at New Bern, North Carolina, in 1770. Includes historical commentary about why these expenses infuriated many colonists.
Format: document/primary source
The Craft Revival and economic change
In this lesson plan, originally published on the Craft Revival website, students will interpret photographs and artifacts as representations of western North Carolina’s economy at the turn of the century. They will also analyze historical census data and produce a visual web that will represent the changing nature of the economy of western North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Patrick Velde.
The Depression for farmers
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.3
Farmer's troubles began in the early 1920s, and helped cause the Great Depression -- which only worsened them.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
The economics of recovery and reform
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.8
Timeline of events, federal programs, and economic trends, 1933–1940, leading to the U.S. recovery from the Great Depression.
Format: timeline
The economics of the Great Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.2
A timeline of events and economic trends, 1914–1933, that led to and worsened the Great Depression.
Format: timeline
Equal pay for equal work
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.3
Pamphlet, published in 1918 by a teacher named Julia Dameron, pointing out that women teachers were routinely paid less than men and calling for change. Includes historical commentary.
Format: pamphlet/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Estimated cost of the North Carolina Rail Road, 1851
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.3
In this activity, students analyze an account of the cost of building the North Carolina Railroad in the 1850s and evaluate how much it cost in "today's dollars."
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Feed a fighter
In this lesson students will examine “Additional Helps for the 4-H Mobilization for Victory Program,” a Cooperative Extension Work document from the Green 'N' Growing collection at Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University Libraries. The document will help students understand the efforts civilians underwent to support military efforts in World War II.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Lisa Stamey.
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)
The Great Depression: An overview
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.1
An overview of the economic causes of the Great Depression and why it grew from a downturn into a catastrophe.
Format: article
The Great Depression: Impact over time
In this lesson students listen to oral history excerpts from Stan Hyatt from Madison County and evaluate how the Great Depression affected one North Carolina family over time.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Grooming in 1930s North Carolina
Using primary source materials, this lesson plan provides a glimpse into the lives of girls and women from the 1930s and will give students the opportunity to study what was considered attractive for the time, how the Depression affected grooming practices, and the universal concept of healthful living.
Format: article
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Industrialization in North Carolina
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.7
Industrialization needed five things -- capital, labor, raw materials, markets, and transportation -- and in the 1870s, North Carolina had all of them. This article explains the process of industrialization in North Carolina, with maps of factory and railroad growth.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Leonidas Polk and the Farmers' Alliance
In North Carolina in the New South, page 7.3
Speech given by Leonidas L. Polk before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, 1890. Polk provided data showing the decline in farmers' wealth since the Civil War, argued that this decline was not the farmers' fault, and asked the Senate to enact laws that would help farmers. Includes historical commentary and explanations of some of the economic principles discussed (including supply and demand).
Format: speech/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
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)