This week: Black History Month and Valentine's Day
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old photo of a black woman in a white uniform and cap holding a white baby and looking a little frightened
A woman working as a nanny

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: African Americans like Denmark Vesey kept trying to free enslaved people throughout the 1800s, and finally the Civil War ended slavery in the United States in 1865. African-Americans were certainly glad to be free. But white people and the United States government continued to use racist laws and illegal activities to keep most African-Americans very poor and make them work very hard. Many African-Americans became share-croppers on the cotton farms where they had once been slaves. Others moved north to work in factories. But most African-Americans were illegally stopped from voting, and legally stopped from going to good schools and getting good jobs. That started to change with the Civil Rights Movement in the late 1950s, and thanks to the work of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., black people now do vote. But there is still a lot of racism hurting African-American citizens in the United States and in other countries like Brazil. Most black kids still go to worse schools than white kids. Most black adults still work harder, lower-paying jobs. The government still treats white people better than African-Americans. That fight is now in the hands of Black Lives Matter - and you can help them.

Silver coin with the head of a man on it - crewcut, looking severe
Diocletian on a Roman coin

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION: On February 23, 303 AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian began his Great Persecution of the Christians. Hundreds were arrested, and many were sent to do hard labor in the mines. A few were killed in the amphitheaters. This persecution lasted for ten years, until Constantine legalized Christianity in 313 AD. Marking the other end of this battle, on February 27, 380 AD, the Roman emperor Theodosius made it illegal for anybody not to be a Christian (with an exception for the Jews).

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK: Play the earth-goes-around-the-sun game

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New article this week:

ivory carving of a man in a kayak
Inuit carving

INUIT: We've split our article on early Arctic Native people into two pages - one for the pre-Dorset/Tuniit people, and a separate article for the Inuit. That's because we've been reading exciting new findings about the Inuit showing that they were trading with East Asian traders by the time of China's Han Dynasty, buying iron knives and spearpoints, and selling furs and walrus ivory. (We also have articles about Inuit daily life, and about the Inuit's more recent history. Check it out!

History Deals of the Week:

Check out John McCannon's great book about the history of the Arctic! For Black History Month, the story of Denmark Vesey's revolt. And as a preview for Women's History month, check out this new biography of Martha Ballard, who was a midwife in Maine in the 1700s - and kept a diary.

New discoveries this week:

TRIASSIC RECOVERY: Geologists working in Idaho have shown that while nine out of ten species on Earth went extinct at the end of the Permian period, life bounced back super fast in the Triassic, when thousands of new species, from sharks to lobsters and fish, evolved in just a little more than a million years.

SIBERIA IN THE 1600s: When the Russian czar Peter the Great sent soldiers to take control of Siberia in the 1500s AD, he sent them with plenty of money and supplies. Excavations of a military fort at Tara, just north of Kazakhstan, show that the men and women stationed there had good, solid houses, German glass cups, and warm knitted socks.

AZTEC SICKNESS: We always hear about how measles and smallpox killed off many Aztec people in the 1500s when Spanish invaders brought new diseases to Central America. But new genetic research suggests that the sickness - or one of the sicknesses - may have been salmonella!

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Seasonal food of the week:

MARDI GRAS: Ooh, next week is Mardi Gras! Celebration time! Let's see, maybe some salsa and guacamole and corn chips? Then how about pulled pork or steak with pepper sauce? And for dessert, maybe clafouti or creme caramel?

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Celebrating Black History Month with the pharaoh Hatshepsut, the queen Shanakdakhete, the poet Phillis Wheatley, the medical consultant Onesimus, the freedom fighters Toussaint L'Ouverture, Denmark Vesey, Yaa Asantewaa, and Samora Moises Machel, and the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter.
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