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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"Begging reduced to a system"
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.4
WPA life history of a North Carolina family living on welfare during the Great Depression. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Fighting poverty
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.3
Excerpt of an oral history interview with Billy E. Barnes, a photographer known for his documentary work on racial and economic justice issues in the 1950s and 1960s. Barnes served as Director of Public Information for the North Carolina Fund from January 1964 through January 1969.
Format: interview/primary source
General statement of Sherlock Bronson
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.6
Virginia-Carolina Service Corporation General Office 1413-15-17 East Franklin Street Richmond, Virginia April 13, 1939. Hon. Graham A. Barden, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. Barden: Upon my return to Richmond after my interview with you...
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: 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)
"He never wanted land till now"
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.7
WPA interview with an elderly African American man about his experiences during the Great Depression. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The lasting impact of the Great Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.12
Oral history interview with a Madison County, North Carolina, man about how the Great Depression affected his family and community long after the economic downturn ended. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Letter of April 1, 1939
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.4
Box 132, R. #1, Leaksville, N.C., April 1, 1939. Mr. Sherlock Bronson, Box 644, Richmond, Va. Dear Sir: I am kindly writing asking you please not to take the stringing of bags away from Mrs. Jones, our Agent for our community. For two years I have stringing...
Letter of April 7, 1939
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.5
MORSE BAG COMPANY East Bend, North Carolina. April 7, 1939. Mr. Sherlock Bronson, Richmond, Virginia. Dear Sir: In compliance with your request of March 28th, I am glad to give you an idea of my experience in working with tobacco bags. My mother and father,...
Letter of March 16, 1939
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.1
Law Offices Tucker, Bronson, Satterfield & Mays State Planters Bank Building Richmond, Virginia March 16, 1939 Hon. Graham A. Barden, House of Representatives Washington, D.C. In Re: Fair Labor Standards Act. Dear Mr. Barden: I am deeply grateful to you for...
Letter of March 31, 1939
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 1.3
Taylorsville, N.C., March 31, 1939. Mr. Sherlock Bronson Richmond, Virginia Dear Mr. Bronson: I am deeply grateful to you and to all others who have made it possible for us to carry on this work, The Stringing of Tobacco Bags, in our county. It is our greatest...
Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.1
An overview of President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs, which addressed poverty, transportation safety, urban development, and health.
Format: article
Mrs. B. F. Stayley
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.5
STAYLEY, MRS. B.F., married and has 14 children but all of them are away from home. Her age is 65; her husband's age is 69. Reside at Reddis [sic] River, N.C. INCOME: Husband makes all his money by farming and by lending money. They have one son who is a school...
Mrs. Barbara Wagoner
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.3
WAGONER, MRS. BARBARA; married; two children; aged 20 years; reside in Wilkes Co., N.C. Children: Jacob, aged one year. Buck, aged 9 — child by husband's first wife. INCOME: About $20.00 per month. Husband is laborer on government park project in this...
Mrs. Cornelia Neal
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.11
NEAL, MRS. CORNELIA, (colored), age 66, husband 70; two children and four grandchildren living with her. INCOME: They raise some of their food and a little tobacco. HOME CONDITIONS: The house has eight rooms and there are 62 acres of land. they own 2 mules,...
Mrs. Daisy Stamper
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.1
STAMPER, MRS. DAISY; aged 40; married; eight children; resides in Wilkes County, N.C. Children: Anna, aged 21. Ruby, aged 20. Edward, aged 18. Georgie, aged 13. Bob, aged 11. G.D., aged 7. Pauline, aged 4. Virginia, aged 1. INCOME: Husband works on Government...
Mrs. Emma Cleary
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.12
CLEARY, MRS. EMMA, married; two children; aged 30; husband aged 60; resides in Wilkes County, N.C. Children: William, aged 12 in school. Vassie, aged 8 in school. INCOME: None. HOME CONDITIONS: Own two-room log cabin and forty acres of land. Only five acres...
Mrs. Emma Mitchell
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.9
MITCHELL, MRS. EMMA, (colored), aged 44; husband 58; have ten children, all of whom live with them at Reidsville, N.C. INCOME: Their income depends on farming and bag stringing. They raise practically all their food and only have to buy about $8.00 worth a...
Mrs. Ethel Holsbrook
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.8
HOLSBROOK, MRS. ETHEL, aged 33; married, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Mozelle, aged 16. Estelle, aged 15. Effie, aged 10. Adia, aged 5. INCOME: None. HOME CONDITIONS: The husband has been out of work for over a year and being in poor health it is not probable...
Mrs. Eugenia Allen
In Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression, page 2.10
ALLEN, MRS. EUGENIA, (colored); married and has three children and four grandchildren living with her; aged 51; husband aged 59. Reside at Reidsville, N.C. INCOME: They raise corn and tobacco to sell, and all the food they need. Taxes are about $35.00 a year...