Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers

Levine Museum of the New South

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The centerpiece of Levine Museum is the award-winning exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Reinventing Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South.

At Levine Museum of the New South, we look at how Charlotte and the surrounding area has changed since the end of the American Civil War in 1865. These changes range from the types of jobs people have held to the constitutional rights we hold dear today. When we think about the New South, we like to define it as:

• A Time — The New South is the period of time from 1865, following the Civil War, to the present.

• A Place — The New South includes areas of the Southeast U.S. that began to grow and flourish after 1865.

• An Idea — The New South represents new ways of thinking about economic, political and cultural life in the South.

Let’s begin our journey into the past looking at the decades immediately following the Civil War. Below you will find lesson plans divided into multiple sections.


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