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25 08, 2017

Roman basilicas – Architecture in ancient Rome

By |2019-02-13T17:46:36-07:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Government, Romans|0 Comments

Basilica Aemilia, Rome What is a basilica? Sometimes the Romans had things they wanted to do in groups, but inside, out of the weather. Then they met in a basilica (ba-SILL-uh-ka). The word comes from the Greek word basileus, meaning a king. So a basilica started out as the king's hall. Probably the [...]

25 08, 2017

Religious schisms – History of religion

By |2017-08-25T12:35:01-07:00August 25th, 2017|Government, Religion|0 Comments

The murder of Thomas a Becket in the 1100s AD The new, big, monotheistic religions of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam developed between 500 BC and 600 AD. They brought with them some new ideas, and some new problems. First, people began to separate religion from the rest of their life. In particular, they separated their religion from their government for [...]

12 08, 2017

American government – the 1900s

By |2018-04-20T08:23:09-07:00August 12th, 2017|Government, North America|0 Comments

Franklin Roosevelt The United States government got even more power during the 1900s. In 1913, the United States government got the right to collect income tax. With this new tax, the United States government got a lot more money, and it used that money to get more power over the states. During the Depression, in [...]

12 08, 2017

American government after the Civil War

By |2019-07-10T15:40:02-07:00August 12th, 2017|Government, North America|0 Comments

Joseph Rainey, first black congressman in American government African-Americans in Congress After the Civil War, in 1865, the United States changed its Constitution to make slavery illegal. For a few years, black people were able to vote. Black men like Joseph Rainey served in Congress. Early US government More about the Civil War Constitutional amendments [...]

11 08, 2017

Equal rights for some – American government

By |2019-01-16T18:21:31-07:00August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|0 Comments

Equal rights for women? Abigail Adams During and after the American Revolution, the rich white men were writing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Declaration of Independence Constitution Bill of Rights All our America articles Many people who were not rich, or white, or men thought maybe this was their chance to get [...]

11 08, 2017

Constitutional amendments – United States

By |2019-01-24T05:08:22-07:00August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|0 Comments

The United States Bill of Rights How do you change the Constitution? Over the years since the Bill of Rights in 1791, Americans have not changed their Constitution very much. It's pretty hard to do: you have to get two-thirds of the House and the Senate to agree, and then you have to get 3/4 of the [...]

11 08, 2017

United States Constitution – American government

By |2019-04-24T07:46:59-07:00August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|0 Comments

The United States Constitution Why did people need a Constitution? The American Revolutionary War got the United States started as a new country in 1781 AD. Soon the leaders of the United States got together. They tried to write up some rules for how the government of this new country would work. American Revolution Declaration of [...]

8 08, 2017

Native American government

By |2018-04-24T09:45:58-07:00August 8th, 2017|Government, Native American|0 Comments

A Mandan village in 1832 In the Paleo-Indian period, everyone in North America lived in small bands, usually just your family and maybe one or two other families - not more than ten to fifteen people. Most of the time, those were the only people you saw, and your mom, or your uncle or grandpa or [...]

4 08, 2017

British Bill of Rights – European government

By |2019-02-14T20:41:55-07:00August 4th, 2017|Government, Modern Europe|0 Comments

Beginning of the Bill of Rights How much power did British rulers have? Ever since King John agreed to the Magna Carta in England in 1215 AD, people in England had agreed that the king or queen couldn't just do whatever they wanted. Even the king had to obey the law. The Magna Carta More about King John [...]

1 08, 2017

What is the Magna Carta?

By |2018-04-24T08:12:11-07:00August 1st, 2017|Government, History, Medieval|0 Comments

The Magna Carta Since the time of Edward the Confessor in the 1000s AD, the kings of England had been getting more and more powerful. That was pretty much okay as long as the kings were good kings, like William the Conqueror or Henry II. But when King Richard died in 1199, his younger brother John became king, and John was [...]