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Announcing the first flight
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.7
Telegram sent by the Wright brothers to their father, announcing their first successful flight in December 1903.
Format: article
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 atomic bomb
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.2
This article describes the use and effects of the atomic bomb by the U.S. Army on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945.
Format: article
Civil War casualties
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.12
Historians estimate that about 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War -- almost as many as have died in all other U.S. wars combined. This article explains why.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Eli Whitney and the cotton gin
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 2.4
In 1794, inventor Eli Whitney patented his cotton gin, a machine for removing seeds from cotton. The invention made cotton production -- and with it, slave labor -- far more profitable, and it helped to cement the South's status as an agricultural region and a slave society.
Format: article
Going to the movies
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 6.12
Newspaper article about the first "talkie" shown in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1929. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
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)
Henry Ford and the Model T
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.9
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 8.4
Short biography of Henry Ford explains how he revolutionized manufacturing by using a continuous moving assembly line. Includes a film from the Henry Ford Estate showing how the Model T worked.
Format: article
How a canal works
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.3
Canals operate by a series of locks that raise and lower water levels. In this animation, the boat enters the lock from downstream, where the water level is lower. The gate shuts behind it, and water...
Format: animation
Idol’s Dam and Power Plant
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.3
Though electricity first arrived in Winston and Salem in 1887, it was the development of Idol's Dam and Power Plant a decade later that truly moved the towns forward in terms of productivity and industrial development.
Format: article
The impact of the telephone
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.5
When the telephone became widely available in the early twentieth century, it changed the way people lived and the ways businesses operated. This 1926 essay and accompanying historical commentary explain how.
Format: book
The increasing power of destruction: Military technology in World War I
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 3.6
World War I saw the first widespread military use of the machine gun, barbed wire, land mines, airplanes, and poison gas, all of which changed the nature of warfare and military strategy.
Format: article
The Interstate Highway System
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.2
Planning for an improved national system of highways had begun during the Depression, but it was not until 1956 that President Eisenhower called for a "modern, interstate highway system."
Format: article
Adapted by David Walbert.
The invention of the telegraph
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.1
After Samuel Morse developed a means of transmitting messages using electricity in the 1830s, it took several years for the technology to become commercially practical. The first telegraph wires, between Baltimore and Washington, were strung in the 1840s.
Format: article
Newspaper coverage of the first flight
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.8
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 4.6
Newspaper article about the Wright brothers' first flight in December 1903, written from an intercepted telegram sent by the brothers to their father in Ohio. Historical commentary points out the differences between the version of events that reached the public and what actually happened.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
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 history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
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)
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
Format: book (multiple pages)