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Tobacco Bag Stringing Activity 1
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In this activity, students will read background information on tobacco bag stringing, ...

In this activity, students will read background information on tobacco bag stringing, and will be asked to analyze reports, worker profiles, and letters from the Tobacco Bag Stringing collection. They will respond by composing their own letter to President Roosevelt, supporting or opposing an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards act.

The student project will demonstrate mastery of a variety of objectives, including creative writing, historical appreciation and criticism, recognition of bias, and incorporation of text and illustration reflecting primary source research.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Stories of the American South
Civil Disobedience and Political Change in the 1960s
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Students will compare and contrast "Civil Disobedience" and "Nonviolent resistance" during the ...

Students will compare and contrast "Civil Disobedience" and "Nonviolent resistance" during the Civil Rights era in N.C.. They will analyze changes in North Carolina during the postwar period to the 1970's and assess the political and social impact of the Civil Rights movement on local, state and national levels.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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UNC University Library
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Stories of the American South
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Lee Adcock
Tobacco Bag Stringing Activity 2
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In this activity, students will read background information on tobacco bag stringing, ...

In this activity, students will read background information on tobacco bag stringing, and will be asked to analyze worker profiles of tobacco bag stringers. They will also analyze food prices taken from a 1939 Reidsville, North Carolina, newspaper, and will create a grocery list for two of the workers and their families, based on income and expenses.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Stories of the American South
Busing for Integration vs. Neighborhood Schools
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This lesson plan will introduce students to the political, social, and economic ...

This lesson plan will introduce students to the political, social, and economic issues surrounding school desegregation using oral histories from those who experienced it firsthand. They will learn about the history of the "separate but equal" U.S. school system, the 1971 Swann case which forced Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to integrate, and the recent decision to discontinue busing for racial integration in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. They will compare and contrast neighborhood schools with schools integrated through busing, and listen to oral histories of students who have experienced both types of schools in CMS. Through discussion with classmates, they will create a list of the negatives and positives of both neighborhood and integrated schools. Students will then write an argumentative essay explaining which type of schools they would support, and will defend their argument with evidence from the oral histories.

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U.S. History
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Change in the Mountains
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The Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina rise abruptly from the Piedmont, ...

The Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina rise abruptly from the Piedmont, the state's central plateau, and include the ranges of the Balsam, Black, Blue Ridge, Great Smoky, and Nantahala Mountains. The region is home to several of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi River. The rugged geography of these mountains delayed the arrival of European settlers to the area, slowed the pace of development, and for many years preserved a distinct regional culture.

While development and change were slow in coming to the Mountain Region, the last half a century has seen a surge in both. This site focuses on the story of Madison County, North Carolina. Listen to members of the community candidly discuss tradition, growth, loss, and balance as you experience the story of change in the North Carolina mountains.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Stories of the American South
Changes in Southern Politics
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The political landscape in the South underwent significant change during the twentieth ...

The political landscape in the South underwent significant change during the twentieth century. Political and social change in Southern states was directly connected to some of the landmark events of American history, particularly the Civil Rights Movement. An understanding of the role of politics in the South is essential to comprehension of the history and culture of the region.

The oral histories in this site illuminate changes in Southern politics from the end of the Civil War up to the present day. The recollections and opinions of the important political figures interviewed in these oral histories help form an impression of the role of Southern politics in the tumultuous events of the twentieth century in America. Listen as eyewitnesses recount the effects of politics and changing political beliefs on the story of the American South.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Political Science
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Changing Communities: Past vs. Future
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This lesson plan introduces students to changes that have occurred in western ...

This lesson plan introduces students to changes that have occurred in western North Carolina, through two hundred years of national and regional development. Students will learn about the geographical, political, and technological issues that have influenced change in mountain communities using oral histories by Madison County residents. They will learn about the history of road building in the North Carolina mountains, and the relatively recent decision to connect two halves of interstate highway in Madison County. They will compare and contrast the negative and positive changes that road construction has brought to the region, and listen to oral histories of locals who have experienced both good and bad effects. Through discussion with classmates, they will create a list of the advantages and disadvantages of both tradition and development. After collecting and reviewing information about the construction of Interstate 26 through Madison County, students will write an editorial. In this editorial, students will clearly state their position on the Interstate 26 debate, and will support their argument with evidence from the oral histories.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Children at Work: Exposing Child Labor in the Cotton Mills
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In this lesson, students will learn about the use of child labor ...

In this lesson, students will learn about the use of child labor in the cotton mills of the Carolinas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They will learn what life was like for a child worker: how much the workers made, how many hours they worked each day, what their homes were like and what they did for fun. Students will then write an investigative news report exposing the practice of child labor in the mills, using quotations from oral histories with former child mill workers and photographs of child laborers taken by social reform photographer Lewis Hine.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Stories of the American South
Comparing and Contrasting Political Change through Map Making
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In this lesson, students will work in cooperative groups to compare and ...

In this lesson, students will work in cooperative groups to compare and contrast the following presidential elections: 1876, 1896, 1948, 1964, 1972, 1980, and 2008 through the creation of political maps. In addition, each group will provide explanations of campaign platforms for different political parties, voting patterns, and why the election is important for understanding changes in Southern Politics. Students will then present their map and detailed explanations to the class.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Political Science
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UNC University Library
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Stories of the American South
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Lee Adcock
Cotton Mills Seen through Differing Perspectives: Critical Analysis of Primary Documents
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In this lesson, students will read two primary source documents from Documenting ...

In this lesson, students will read two primary source documents from Documenting the American South, a digital library collection sponsored by the University Library at UNC. One document is Child Labor in the Carolinas, a pamphlet published in 1909 by the National Child Labor Committee exposing the use of child labor in the cotton mills of North Carolina. The other document is Mill News, a weekly newsletter about the Southern cotton industry which was paid for and published by the mill companies themselves. Students will also listen to oral history excerpts from mill workers to gain a third perspective. In a critical analysis, students will identify the audiences for both documents and the motivations and intent of its authors, as well as examine the historical importance of each document.

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Arts and Humanities
Education
U.S. History
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iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Stories of the American South
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Documenting the American South
De Facto vs. De Jure Segregation
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In this lesson, students will contrast and compare de facto and de ...

In this lesson, students will contrast and compare de facto and de jure segregation, listening to oral history examples of each from residents of Charlotte, North Carolina. Students will then brainstorm solutions to each type of segregation, and will discuss why de facto segregation can persist even after de jure segregation is eliminated.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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The Great Depression, the New Deal, and Rural North Carolinians: Analyzing Photographs
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In this lesson, students will study photographs of tobacco bag stringers in ...

In this lesson, students will study photographs of tobacco bag stringers in rural North Carolina, taken to illustrate the report the Virginia-Carolina Service Corporation prepared for Congress in 1939. Students will critically analyze the photographs, making observations about the content of the images, their reactions to them, and what they tell us about the Great Depression. These observations will be structured into a "Know/Want to Know/Learned" chart, in which students will record their prior knowledge about the Great Depression, the New Deal and its effects on rural Americans, information they would like to learn about the topic, and what they learned about the Depression and its impact.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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UNC University Library
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Stories of the American South
Hurricane Floyd
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When we think of hurricanes, we now think of Katrina and its ...

When we think of hurricanes, we now think of Katrina and its devastating effects on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Though Katrina did not affect North Carolina, many hurricanes have passed through the state and caused similar damage. Through the years, people here have lost their homes, their possessions, and their communities to wind, floods, and storm surge. Hurricane Hugo (1989) is considered the most intense to hit this state, and Hazel (1954) is the deadliest, but Hurricane Floyd is considered one of the most damaging hurricanes to hit North Carolina. But what caused the damage may surprise you...

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Interstate Highways From the Ground Up
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This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning ...

This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer. Through his oral history, students will learn about "the largest single construction project in the history of the NCDOT." That project is also known as the I-26 corridor in Madison County, North Carolina. This lesson encourages students to think about the enormous impact of highways in our personal lives, and on North Carolina's economy, while recognizing how we take highways for granted.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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UNC University Library
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Stories of the American South
Measuring the Waters
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Students will discuss and understand measurement of a single event and measurement ...

Students will discuss and understand measurement of a single event and measurement over time. After listening to excerpts from an oral history with Earl Cavenaugh, a survivor of Hurricane Floyd, students will understand how people devised ways of keeping measurements during that flood and earlier floods.

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Arts and Humanities
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UNC University Library
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Recording School Desegregation: Conduct Your Own Oral History Project
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In this unit, students will research the history of school desegregation, and ...

In this unit, students will research the history of school desegregation, and bring that history to life by listening to oral histories of North Carolinians who lived through desegregation. Students will then become historians, recording their own oral histories with relatives or community members, and reflecting on the experience through writing. The oral histories will be collected into a final project and placed in the school’s library for students and teachers to study in the future.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
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UNC University Library
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School Desegregation Pioneers
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In this lesson, students will learn about the challenges faced by the ...

In this lesson, students will learn about the challenges faced by the first students to desegregate Southern schools, such as racism, verbal harassment, and physical threats. They will hear oral histories telling the story of desegregation pioneers in Alabama and North Carolina, and critically analyze images of school desegregation. Students will then write a narrative from the point of view of a black student desegregating a white school, exploring how the student may have felt about the experience.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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UNC University Library
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Stories of the American South
Slave Narratives: A Genre Study
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In this lesson, students will read selected excerpts from slave narratives, determining ...

In this lesson, students will read selected excerpts from slave narratives, determining common characteristics of the genre. Students will then write their own slave narratives as a slave from their region of North Carolina, researching for historical accuracy and incorporating elements of the slave narrative genre to demonstrate understanding.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Ethnic Studies
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UNC University Library
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Stories of the American South
Slavery in North Carolina
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North Carolina, like other Southern states, relied on slavery to build its ...

North Carolina, like other Southern states, relied on slavery to build its economy during the 18th and 19th centuries. Slaves across the state raised crops, did domestic chores, constructed new buildings, sailed ships, and performed countless other jobs, all for no pay. The slave trade separated many families, and punishment and violence were all too common. Despite the extreme hardship of slavery, enslaved blacks in North Carolina created a strong culture that combined their experiences as slaves with elements of African and West Indian traditions.

Read the stories of slaves who lived in North Carolina to better understand what their lives were like. The excerpts here are taken from the North American Slave Narratives collection from Documenting the American South, which holds over 200 autobiographies by slaves or ex-slaves.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
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Socialization and the Traditional Role of Women in the South
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Students will define traditionally accepted notions concerning behavior and expectations for women ...

Students will define traditionally accepted notions concerning behavior and expectations for women in the South using the investigation of oral histories, cultural institutions and methods of socialization pre-WWI.

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Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Sociology
Women's Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
UNC University Library
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Stories of the American South
Author:
Lee Adcock