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Graded Schools Prepare a Workforce

The state needed a more educated workforce to support the blossoming textiles and furniture industries of 1880s. Whereas school children were previously taught in locally funded one-room school houses, an initiative lead by Charles McIver encouraged a system in which students progressed from grade to grade. A centralized education system soon followed, and the changes allowed the state to become a leader in the emerging manufacturing economy.

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  • Celo Mountain, circa 1904-1954. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • Group of men in a tobacco warehouse, Greenville, N.C.1902. Item 0050491. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Daniel Mill, Lincolnton, N.C. Group of women and two girls. November 1908. Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection, LC-DIG-nclc-01385
  • High Shoals (N.C.) School. November 9, 1908. Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection, LC-DIG-nclc-01373
  • Unidentified school and children. 1915-1947. Papers of Jackson Davis, MSS 3072, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
  • Warper at his machine, Newton, N.C. December 1908. Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection, LC-DIG-nclc-01550
  • East Durham Graded School, 1898. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
  • Class 1-A, East Durham School. 1908. Class portrait. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library
  • West End School. First Grade Class Photo. 1906. North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library
  • Charles Duncan McIver. Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Edwin Alderman and Charles Duncan McIver with the first graduating class of the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School, 1893. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • Spencer Building, State Normal & Industrial College, Greensboro, N.C. 1914. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • The First Faculty Photo of the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School, 1893. Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs on the steps of Capitol, 1909. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • St. Johns Mission School, High Shoals, N.C. November 1908. Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection, LC-DIG-nclc-01374
  • Agents in training to can tomatoes and green beans. 1920 to 1929. Item 0001000. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Charles B. Aycock (1859-1912). North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • Graded School House interior, Kinston, NC Creator: Simpson, Herbert Woodley. Courtesy of New Bern Historical Society
  • Washington Public School, 1905. Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Unidentified group of girls sewing, 1915-1947. Papers of Jackson Davis, MSS 3072, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
  • Combed Yarn Industry, Gastonia, NC,1938. Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Combed Yarn Industry, NC, 1938. Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

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