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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.

D. H. Hill, "Governor John W. Ellis and Secession," 1907

CHAPTER XXXVI. GOVERNOR JOHN W. ELLIS AND SECESSION. 427. The John Brown raid.--Two events took place in 1859 which threw North Carolina into a state of wild excitement. The first was John Brown's seizure of the United States arsenal at Harper's…

ROTC students view Civil War exhibit at NCSU, 1960
In this photograph, two Reserve Officers' Training Corps students view a Civil War exhibit at D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (now North Carolina State University) in 1960, roughly one hundred years…

"Civil War re-enactors meet to make sure they present history accurately," April 8, 2012

Civil War re-enactors meet to make sure they present history accurately WALNUT COVE -- More than 100 Civil War re-enactors left the 21st century behind Saturday to become better at what they spend a lot of their time doing — making history…