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North Carolina’s Role
in the Global Economy

Lesson 2: A Dying Industry: Overview



The purpose of this lesson is for students to learn how tariffs protect certain domestic industries and the impact of that protection. Upon the successful completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain how tariffs impact North Carolina’s textile industry.
  • Argue for or against free trade.
  • Define protectionism.

North Carolina Standard Course of Study

The lesson will address the following Civics and Economics objectives from the NC SCS:

Competency Goal 7: The learner will investigate how and why individuals and groups make economics choices.

  • 7.03 Compare examples of tradeoffs and opportunity costs of economic choices.

Competency Goal 9: The learner will analyze factors influencing the United States economy.

  • 9.05 Explain the impact on the United States economy of international trade and global products.
  • 9.06 Investigate the ways that domestic and international economies are interdependent.

Competency Goal 10: The learner will develop, defend, and evaluate positions on issues regarding the personal responsibilities of citizens in the American constitutional democracy.

  • 10.05 Describe examples of recurring public problems and issues.