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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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The National City Lines bus, No. 2857, on which Rosa Parks was riding before she was arrested, is now a museum exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum.
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1853 map of North Carolina
1853 map of North Carolina
Map titled "A new map of Nth. Carolina: with its canals, roads & distances from place to place, along the stage & steam boat routes." Shows North Carolina as it existed c. 1850.
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1891 railroad map of eastern North Carolina
1891 railroad map of eastern North Carolina
1891 railroad map of eastern North Carolina and Virginia. A blue highlighted line emphasizes the Norfolk and Western railroad line. Other railroad lines are visible. Lines highlighted in red show what appear to be major water routes.
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18th century ship
18th century ship
A replica of the Swedish cargo ship Gotheborg that sailed in the 1740s. The Gotheborg traveled to China and returned with silk and tea, only to sink in the Gothenburg harbor....
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Animals for transportation
In Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam, page 9
Open-backed and slat-sided buses such as the one shown here usually serve medium distance links between towns. Passengers crowd together inside, while luggage, produce, and sometimes even livestock are tied on the roof of the bus. Rural farmers often move...
By Lorraine Aragon.
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.
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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.
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Archibald Murphey calls for better inland navigation
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.7
Excerpt from Archibald Murphey’s Report to the Committee on Inland Navigation in which he calls for the government to invest in the state’s internal transportation system as a way to break their dependency on neighboring states and to increase land values, population and state revenue.
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Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert and L. Maren Wood.
Automobile parade
This may be the first annual automobile parade, held on November 4, 1899 in downtown Manhattan. At least ten different makes and models are seen, including electric and steam powered machines. Only three years earlier, in 1896, Henry Ford, Charles Brady King,...
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Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
A simple barge carries Rama's allies across a river on the way home after they have defeated the demon king Ravana. The barge in the middle of the river, and both river shores, are covered with people accompanying Rama and Sita home to their rightful kingdom...
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Bicycle rickshaws parked in busy Chinatown street of Ho Chi Minh City
Bicycle rickshaws parked in busy Chinatown street of Ho Chi Minh City
Bicycle rickshaws, or cyclos, are parked and empty in a busy Chinatown street of Ho Chi Minh City. The cyclos are painted various colors, but all have a numbered license plate visible in front of the passenger footrest. The large commercial street in the background...
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Buncombe County Turnpike: GIS map
Buncombe County Turnpike: GIS map
The Buncombe Turnpike through North Carolina's mountains was built between 1824 and 1828 along the Drovers' Road, so called, because drovers used the road to lead herds of animals (droves) to market. The Turnpike was an important road until the 1880s, when...
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The Buncombe Turnpike
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.6
The Buncombe Turnpike began in the early nineteenth century as the Drover's Road through western North Carolina, used to drive livestock to market. The Turnpike brought trade and increased prosperity to the region and especially to Asheville. After the Civil War, economic recession and the rise of railroads led to its decline.
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Burros carrying goods
Burros carrying goods
In the mountains of Nepal pack animals such as these burros are used to carry goods down the rocky trails. While animals are still the major means of transporting goods across the mountains of Nepal, air-based transportation and road networks have significantly...
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Burros in Nepal
Burros in Nepal
Burros carrying goods down pathways once used as routes for the salt trade that crossed the mountains into Tibet. Today, the people who live in these mountains use salt imported from India. Although salt is no longer transported along these routes, they are...
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Bus and commercial building on main road between Nha Trang and Dalat
Bus and commercial building on main road between Nha Trang and Dalat
A bus and a commercial building can be seen on the main road between Nha Trang and Dalat. A coconut palm grows over the one-story cement building, which may be a gas station. Mountains, blue sky, and white puffy clouds are in the background.
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A car in front of a suburban home, 1915
A car in front of a suburban home, 1915
Photograph from a magazine article, 1915, shows a car parked in front of a suburban home. Caption reads "Suburban life is enhanced by the use of small cars which easily connect the home and country club."
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Cars leaving a suburban home, 1915
Cars leaving a suburban home, 1915
Illustration from a 1915 magazine article shows a line of cars leaving a suburban home. Caption read, "The departure of guests, most of them driving their own cars."
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Cartload of wood seen on road from Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City
Cartload of wood seen on road from Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City
An ox cart full of dead wood is attended by a man behind it on a bicycle. The photograph is taken through the front window of a tour bus traveling from Dalat south to Ho Chi Minh City. The dead and dry wood probably was collected from the surrounding forests...
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Chinatown market buildings with balconies and shoppers in Ho Chi Minh City
Chinatown market buildings with balconies and shoppers in Ho Chi Minh City
A view of a busy Chinatown market street in Ho Chi Minh City shows shoppers and shaded stalls in front of multi-story buildings with balconies and tile roofs. Tile roofed turrets adorn the buildings at the corner of the block. No cars are visible, only pedestrians,...
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