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Agriculture in North Carolina: History of NC Agriculture

Colonial & Antebellum Periods

Plantation Life

For more primary sources about plantation life such as diaries, records, and journals, search the Southern Historical Collection's finding aids. You can also search for items on the Documenting the American South website.

Slavery & Agriculture

Because slavery was integral to agriculture in much of antebellum North Carolina and cannot be separated from it, most of the histories listed in this research guide include this topic. Here is a sampling of resources that specifically address the history of slavery in North Carolina.

Case Study: Stagville

The Stagville State Historic Site is located in Durham, North Carolina. Stagville was of one of the largest plantations in the antebellum South.

Cameron Family Papers, 1757-1978

The Cameron Family, owners of the Stagville plantation, have their papers in the Southern Historical Collection at Wilson Library. Within is extensive information about Richard Bennehan's store at Stagville, N.C., and the Stagville and Fairntosh plantations, including crop and slave records.


Reconstruction & 20th Century

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