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Our searchable library of short texts offers a diverse mix of stories and perspectives. This multigenre, multimedia collection aligns with the Common Core's recommendations for text complexity and the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards.

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South Carolina Topsey in a Fix

In his cartoon, Thomas W. Strong turns southern arguments in favor of slavery against the South. He creates an anti-secessionist message by depicting South Carolina as an enslaved woman (likely a reference to Topsey from Uncle Tom’s Cabin) incapable of making her own decisions.
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Thomas W. Strong
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History
Social Justice Domain
December 15, 2017
Informational

Petition to the North Carolina General Assembly from Currituck County Citizens (1861)

The petitioners, who fear that the free black population of Currituck County will join with enslaved people in a revolt against the white people of the county, request that the North Carolina General Assembly to remove all free black people from the county. They suggest this can be done either by forcing them from their homes or by condemning them into slavery. The petitioners also advise the assembly to boost the number of enslavers in Currituck.
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“Citizens of Currituck County”
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History
Social Justice Domain
December 15, 2017
Informational

Laws of North Carolina (1822)

This legal act details the duties of patrollers in Richmond county: the formation of such units, the benefits of such a position and guidelines on how to treat enslaved black people while serving this role.
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“North Carolina General Assembly”
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Civics
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Social Justice Domain
December 15, 2017
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