Lesson Plans

Keep checking this space - lesson plans are coming soon.



Downloadable Resources

After Slavery bibliography & recommended reading list (pdf)

Slave Emancipation in the United States (pdf, 5 panels)

Making Something of Freedom: Charleston's Longshoremen, the End of Slavery and the Struggle for a New South. (pdf, 1 poster)



Digital Collections & Exhibits

Lowcountry Digital Library

Lowcountry Digital Library

The Lowcountry Digital Library digitizes and makes accessible unique local resources. Both the Drayton Family Papers 1837-1869, and the Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers 1806-1923, contain multiple documents relating to reconstruction and freedmen in South Carolina. Phosphate, Farms and Family: The Donner Collection contains photographs taken from 1844-1916 and includes multiple images from the reconstruction era.



SC Reconstruction

South Carolina During Reconstruction

The material on this website was created by Ehren K. Foley, a Ph.D. student at the University of South Carolina who is currently working on a dissertation that explores the construction and performance of masculinity in postemancipation South Carolina. The website was written and designed as part of an internship with the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office and the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina. This site includes GIS materials, maps and more.



Valley of the Shadow

The Valley of the Shadow

The Valley of the Shadow is an electronic archive of two communities in the American Civil War - Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennyslvania. The Valley Web site includes searchable newspapers, population census data, agricultural census data, manufacturing census data, slaveowner census data, and tax records. The Valley Web site also contains letters and diaries, images, maps, church records, and military rosters. The Valley project is a University of Virginia research project funded in part by the National Endowment of the Humanities.



Harpers Weekly - 19th century

Harper's Weekly Presents The 19th Century World:
The Ku Klux Klan Hearings, The Reconstruction Convention SImulation & the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

Bring 19th century history to life in the classroom utilizing this series of educational activities and simulation games covering the topics of the Ku Klux Klan Act, Reconstruction and the Andrew Johnson impeachment. These content rich features have been drawn from news articles, editorials, illustrations, and cartoons found in the pages of Harper's Weekly







Albion Winegar Tourgee with two men

Albion Winegar Tourgée Collection

Albion Tourgée: son of immigrants, college graduate, Civil War veteran, husband, father, lawyer, judge, author, editor, diplomat, and activist. Tourgee was a Northern Republican who lives for a time in North Carolina and was active in promoting equal rights for African Americans throughout his lifetime. The historical evidence of Tourgée's life and career provides a picture of a man who sincerely believed in and advocated for equal rights for all citizens.







Web Resources

General Research Tools on U.S. Slave Emancipation

Military Records

North Carolina

  • The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony
    This site presents an introduction to the colony and the colonial experiment that was conducted there. It also features some primary sources, maps, and projects for students.
  • North Carolina History Project
    NorthCarolinahistory.org is an edited, evolving, and free online encyclopedia of North Carolina that also includes commentaries, lesson plans, and a community calendar.
  • Learn NC
    LEARN NC, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, provides lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina.
  • Eastern North Carolina Digital Library
    Formerly known as the North Carolina History   Fiction Digital Library, the new Eastern North Carolina Digital Library contains 399 fiction and non-fiction volumes, 150+ museum artifacts, maps and educational material pertaining to the history of the 41 counties in Eastern North Carolina.
  • Forgotten Sons - North Carolinians In The Union Army
    A thesis presented to the Graduate School of Appalachian State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts.
  • Caswell County Historical Association: Ku Klux Klan Activity (1869-1871)
  • North Carolina Historical Review
    Established in January 1924 as a medium of publication and discussion of history in North Carolina, the Review offers a number of regular features that have made it a definitive source for the study and understanding of the state's history.

South Carolina

  • Avery Research Center, South Carolina History Archive
    A guide to articles published in the South Carolina Historical Magazine that focus on African Americans in South Carolina.
  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History
    An independent state agency whose mission is to preserve and promote the documentary and cultural heritage of the Palmetto State.
  • South Carolina Information Highway
    The Palmetto State's most popular commercial website, with over 7 million unique visitors a year. We feature information about everything from tourism and history to jobs and real estate. This page provides links to further resources on South Carolina – African American History and Resources.
  • New South Newspaper [Port Royal]
    The New South (1862-1866) offers a glimpse into an era of unprecedented social upheaval in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
  • Lowcountry Africana
    Lowcountry Africana, sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, South Carolina, is entirely dedicated to records that document the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia and extreme northeastern Florida, an area that scholars and preservationists have identified as a distinct culture area, home to the rich Gullah/Geechee culture.
  • Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
    Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.
  • The Gullah: Rice, Slavery and the Sierra Leone-American Connection

Audio/Visual and other Media

  • PBS Series: "Thus Far by Faith: 1866-1945: from Emancipation to Jim Crow"
    In six hours of dramatic storytelling, This Far by Faith examines the African-American religious experience through the last three centuries. From the arrival of the early African slaves, through the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights era, and into the 21st Century. This Far by Faith explores the connections between faith and the development of African-American cultural values.
  • PBS: Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
    Spanning the momentous years from 1863 to 1877, Reconstruction tracks the extraordinary stories of ordinary Americans -- Southern and Northern, white and black -- as they struggle to shape new lives for themselves in a world turned upside down.