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North Carolina in the Civil War era is known colloquially as a vale of humility between two mountains of conceit. This expression is part state rivalry, a dig at Virginia and South Carolina. But also part analysis of the culture, politics, and economy of North Carolina compared to its neighbors. This site presents sources that address how the state diverged from and converged on regional and national patterns.

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Browse collections of primary and secondary sources.

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Exhibits

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Tutorials

Learn the building blocks of historical inquiry in tutorials.

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Activities

Explore historical questions in learning activities.

Did You Know?

In antebellum North Carolina, there were six distinct social classes. The gentry, or planter class, were those few people who owned more than twenty slaves, or well-to-do professionals like high-level public officials or lawyers. The middle class consisted of farmers who… Read More