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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.

"Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction," May 29, 1865

Whereas the President of the United States, on the 8th day of December, A.D. eighteen hundred and sixty-three, and on the 26 day of March, A.D. eighteen hundred and sixty-four, did, with the object to suppress the existing rebellion, to induce all…

Voter Registration Card from Alamance County, 1902

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am a citizen of the United States and of the State of North Carolina: I am 53 years of age: I was on the first day of January, A. D. 1867, or prior to that date, entitled to vote under the Constitution and laws…

Raleigh, N. C., Feb. 25 — …Mr. Bowman, Republican… related from the sworn evidence of one of the parties present the particulars of the murder of Senator John W. Stephens, of Caswell, which occurred in June, 1870; and that warrants had been…