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North Carolina: Land of Contrasts (My State History) Ц Student Edition


Great care and pride have been taken throughout each stage of development for North Carolina: Land of Contrasts. The textbook is written in an interesting narrative style, richly illustrated, and meets ALL of the state’s standards. All books in the My State History series are arranged in chapters and sections with core skills emphasized in every chapter. Readers will find the textbook is filled with images that create interest and teach. There are also exercises and activities included in the book that are designed to further engage students.
Reading age for native speakers: Middle School students


Chapter 1: The Lay of the Land
- Section 1: The Tidewater Region
- Section 2: The Coastal Plain Region
- Section 3: The Piedmont Region
- Section 4: The Mountains Region
- Section 5: North Carolina's Weather and Climate

Chapter 2: Natives and Newcomers
- Section 1: The First Inhabitants
- Section 2: Indian Life at the Time of European Contact
- Section 3: European Explorers Come and Go
- Section 4: The Story of the Lost Colonists

Chapter 3: The Proprietors and their Problems
- Section 1: Settling the Albemarle Sound
- Section 2: The Chartering of Carolina
- Section 3: Culpeper’s Rebellion
- Section 4: Settling the Pamlico Sound
- Section 5: Settling the Cape Fear

Chapter 4: A Royal Colony Struggles
- Section 1: Continuing Political Troubles
- Section 2: Peopling the Backcountry
- Section 3: Life on the Carolina Frontier
- Section 4: William Tryon and the Regulation

Chapter 5: The Struggle for Independence
- Section 1: The Road to Independence
- Section 2: North Carolina in the War for Independence
- Section 3: The British Invade the Carolinas
- Section 4: North Carolinians Fight Each Other

Chapter 6: A Fledgling State in a New Nation
- Section 1: The State in the Confederation
- Section 2: North Carolina Joins the New Union
- Section 3: North Carolina’s Role in the New Nation
- Section 4: Efforts to Improve North Carolina

Chapter 7: North Carolina Finally Awakens
- Section 1: Murphey’s Dreams Fulfilled
- Section 2: The Cherokee Removal
- Section 3: Whigs Support Development
- Section 4: “The Rainbow of Promise”

Chapter 8: An Agrarian Society
- Section 1: A State of Yeoman Farmers
- Section 2: Masters and Slaves

Chapter 9: Civil War and Reconstruction
- Section 1: Sectionalism and Secession
- Section 2: Sticking with the Confederacy
- Section 3: Conflicts on the Home Front
- Section 4: Reconstruction in the State
- Section 4: African Americans during Reconstruction

Chapter 10: Towns, Trains, and Transitions
- Section 1: Trains Lead to Town Growth
- Section 2: Tobacco and Textiles Spur the Transition
- Section 3: The Transition in the Towns
- Section 4: The Transition in the Countryside

Chapter 11: The Patterns of Progress
- Section 1: Progress, Democrats, and Education
- Section 2: Black Responses to Segregation
- Section 3: Main Streets and Mill Villages
- Section 4: Progress in the Countryside
- Section 5: The Impact of the First World War

Chapter 12: The Great Depression and the Big War
- Section 1: North Carolina Roars Through the Twenties
- Section 2: The Great Depression Levels North Carolina
- Section 3: The New Deal Plows Through North Carolina
- Section 4: North Carolina Again Helps Win the World War

Chapter 13: Postwar Choices and Freedoms
- Section 1: The Politics of Reform and Reaction
- Section 2: Postwar Prosperity Spreads Across the State
- Section 3: New Choices in Daily Life
- Section 4: The Civil Rights Movement Comes to North Carolina

Chapter 14: Stars on the National Stage
- Section 1: The Republicans Restore Political Balance
- Section 2: The First Truly Urban Places Develop
- Section 3: New Technologies Alter the Industrial Economy
- Section 4: North Carolina Acts to Preserve Its Resources

Chapter 15: “A Work in Progress”
- Section 1: The Impact of Global Change
- Section 2: Living Local in a Global Economy
- Section 3: North Carolina Government in the New Century

Atlas of North Carolina

About the Author
Dr. Gary R. Freeze has been teaching North Carolinians about their history for more than twenty years. His career has included stints at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC State University, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, and, since 1994, Catawba College. This textbook was developed from state history courses he has taught in the History, Extension, and Education departments at Catawba. He is also very active in state history circles. He served for years on the advisory committee of the Junior Tar Heel Historians Association. He is also an experienced author. His books on Catawba County have become the standard for writing local history in the state. Dr. Freeze’s dedication to state history has earned him membership in the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest honors given state residents.


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