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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.
The Bonsack machine and labor unrest
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.7
When the Duke tobacco company adopted the Bonsack machine for rolling cigarettes, workers who had rolled cigarettes by hand were thrown out of work, and their replacements made less money.
Format: article
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.
Cane Creek Reservoir
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.6
Excerpts from an oral history interview about the battle to prevent construction of a reservoir in Orange County, North Carolina, in the 1970s and 1980s. Includes historical background.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Civil rights protests and dilemmas
In this lesson students explore well-known civil rights protests then listen to two oral histories of individuals who protested in their own way to promote equality for African Americans. Students specifically will consider personal risks involved in protest.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The environmental justice movement
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.1
In the early 1980s, the environmental justice movement became a national protest that galvanized communities across the country seeking social justice and environmental protection. The initial environmental justice spark sprang from a protest in Warren County, North Carolina.
Format: article
Freedom songs of the civil rights movement
Students will listen to freedom songs recorded during the civil rights movement, 1960–1965. Students will write about personal reactions to the music and lyrics. Through reading and pictures, students will briefly explore historical events where these songs were sung. Listening again, students will analyze and describe — musically — particular song(s).
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Music Education and Social Studies)
By Merritt Raum Flexman.
The Greensboro killings
In Postwar North Carolina, page 8.8
An anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, in November 1979, resulted in the deaths of five people at the hands of self-proclaimed Klansmen and Nazis. The accused men were never convicted.
Format: article
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)
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)
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The rise of labor unions
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.9
Little of the wealth that industry produced went to workers, and improvements in technology further reduced wages without making work any easier or less dangerous. In the late ninenteenth century, workers began to organize to demand higher wages and better working conditions.
Format: article
The Vietnam War
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.1
An overview of the era of the Vietnam War in the United States.
Format: book
The Wilmington Ten
In Postwar North Carolina, page 8.2
Racial tensions and protests in Wilmington, North Carolina, led to violence in early 1971. Ten people were convicted and imprisoned, but many considered them political prisoners, and the case brought national and international attention to North Carolina.
Format: article
The women's movement
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.6
A brief history of the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s, including equal opportunity, reproductive issues, and the Equal Rights Amendment.
Format: article
By L. Maren Wood.