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Collections on prewar, wartime, and postwar North Carolina contain digitized primary sources, like letters, diaries, and newspapers written by historical actors, such as slaves, slaveholders, soldiers, civilians, and politicians. The commemoration collection includes primary sources that reveal how North Carolinians remembered the Civil War era. The other collections present secondary sources on the history of North Carolina during this time period written by scholars, students, and other contributors based upon evidence from primary and secondary sources.

Prewar North Carolina

Experience the events and controversies leading up to the Civil War from first-hand accounts. This collection contains primary sources, mostly documents and still images, related to pre-Civil War North Carolina from controversies related to slavery in the territories to the secession crisis to the outbreak of war. Historical actors in prewar North Carolina authored these primary sources. Students in history classes at North Carolina State University and other contributors added the primary sources to this collection.

Wartime North Carolina

Learn about the Civil War in North Carolina from the people who witnessed it. This collection contains primary sources, mostly documents and still images, related to the Civil War in North Carolina on topics like occupation, camp life, battles and skirmishes, and the homefront. Historical actors in wartime North Carolina authored these primary sources. Students in history classes at North Carolina State University and other contributors made the primary sources available online.

Postwar North Carolina

Explore the controversies over reunification in the aftermath of a divisive civil war. This collection contains primary sources, mostly documents and still images, related to post-civil War North Carolina, including topics such as the Lowry War, the Ku Klux Klan, and partisan politics. Historical actors in North Carolina authored these primary sources. Students in history classes at North Carolina State University and other contributors added the primary sources to this collection.

Commemoration

North Carolinians struggled to make sense of slavery, war, and reconstruction in its aftermath. This collection contains primary sources, mostly documents and still images, that reveals how North Carolinians remembered this turbulent time period. Historical actors in North Carolina authored these primary sources. Students in history classes at North Carolina State University and other contributors added the primary sources to this collection.

Scholarship

Looking for scholarly expertise? This collection presents secondary sources related to the Civil War and Reconstruction in North Carolina. These books and articles were written by scholars, mostly historians, based upon evidence from primary sources. The collection contains analyses of the scholarship written by students in history classes at North Carolina State University and other contributors that highlight the scholars' approach, argument, and evidence. This collection also provides brief excerpts of the scholars' books and articles.