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This curriculum packet is one of the first attempts at uncovering the rich heritage of Charlotte Mecklenburg's black community from 1850-1920. Thus the information compiled in this packet has been drawn almost entirely from original sources. As a first attempt, this packet should not be viewed as "the final word" on Charlotte's black history. Instead, it should be seen as a working document, one which will be added to and expanded in the future, as more of the community's black, and white, history is uncovered.

A wide range of documents have been reproduced for use in the classroom. Everything from newspaper articles to census data has been included. It is hoped that students will be made aware of the spectrum of sources used in writing history and that these sources are available to the general public. Thus, it is hoped, this packet will accomplish a number of things at once. Not only will students learn about Charlotte's black history, a story seldom told, but they will learn to be historians themselves, examining original materials, analyzing them, and drawing their own conclusions. In short, they will become aware of how history is written.

Some of the words in the documents have been underlined. These words can be used for a vocabulary lesson in conjunction with the historical information.

Special thanks go to Tom Hanchett, for his research of Charlotte's black neighborhoods, and the Rev. DeGrandval Burke and Mrs. Rosa Smith, for their special interest in black history. Finally, a word of thanks go to my research assistant, UNCC student, Lori Hooten, who spent many hours poring over old newspapers.

Janette Thomas Greenwood
April, 1983


Part 1: Background information through Document 1-c
Part 2: Part 2: Remembering slavery-- Document 1-d though Dcoument 1-f
Part 3: Reconstruction in Charlotte-Mecklenburg