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8 09, 2017

Central and South American history – colonization

By |2018-04-29T10:45:08-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, History, South America|0 Comments

South American history: Aztec doctor treating people with smallpox (1500s AD, Codex Mendoza) The Inca, Brazil, and Chile In 1500 AD, the Inca Empire dominated the east coast of South America. Further north, the Aztec empire under Montezuma II controlled Mexico and what is now Guatemala. In the center of South America was the Amazon rain forest. Many people lived [...]

16 08, 2017

Races and racism – Skin color and history

By |2018-04-24T11:41:04-07:00August 16th, 2017|People, Science|0 Comments

An Egyptian portrait of two brothers (Roman period, about 150 AD) Biologically, there is no such thing as race. Sure, people come in a lot of different skin and hair colors. But there is no sharp division between them, only a gradual blending. And the color of your skin and your hair doesn't [...]

14 08, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. – American history

By |2017-08-14T12:11:27-07:00August 14th, 2017|History, North America|0 Comments

Martin Luther King Jr. leading a protest march One of Martin Luther King's most famous pieces of writing was his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. In 1963, Dr. King was in jail in Birmingham, Alabama for participating in a protest march. From the jail, he sent a letter to other Christian ministers - [...]

14 08, 2017

American people – family, education, slavery

By |2018-04-24T11:03:47-07:00August 14th, 2017|Native American, North America, People|0 Comments

A Pueblo family with a donkey in 1885 (Detroit Publishing Company) Since 1500 AD North American people's relationships to one another have seen big changes. In the 1500s, most kids lived in small villages with their families. Many kids grew up in longhouses or pueblos, with their cousins and aunts and uncles sharing their house. Nobody went to [...]

14 08, 2017

Civil Rights movement – American history

By |2018-06-05T12:00:34-07:00August 14th, 2017|History, North America|0 Comments

World War II Shipyard African-Americans in World War I During World War I, many white men were away being soldiers. Because of the war, no new people came from Europe to take their places. So some black people found work in factories. That paid much better than any work they had had before. [...]

14 08, 2017

Phillis Wheatley – American literature

By |2018-03-24T17:16:08-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|0 Comments

Phillis Wheatley Enslaved at seven years old When Phillis Wheatley was seven years old, somebody sold her to European slave-traders, and she left Senegal or Gambia on a slave ship to North America. She got to America in 1761, just before the Revolutionary War. Her owners in Boston converted her to Christianity and gave her a good education. As she got older, [...]

14 08, 2017

American language and literature – North America – History

By |2018-04-24T11:02:08-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|0 Comments

American literature: Rock Art from Utah, about 1700 AD Native American languages In 1500 AD, people living in North America spoke many different languages. None of them were written down. Many of these languages died out in the 1500s and 1600s AD, because so many people had died of smallpox and measles that hardly anyone was left to [...]

14 08, 2017

Paul Dunbar – American poetry

By |2018-04-24T10:41:39-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|0 Comments

Paul Dunbar The Party (1913) DEY had a gread big pahty down to Tom's de othah night; Was I dah? You bet! I neveh in my life see sich a sight; All de folks f'om fou' plantations was invited, an' dey come, Dey come troopin' thick ez chillun when dey hyeahs a fife [...]

14 08, 2017

Br’er Rabbit and the briar patch – American literature

By |2019-02-23T12:53:45-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|3 Comments

A briar patch - a big thorn bush A story about Br'er Rabbit So Br'er Fox had caught Br'er Rabbit and this time Br'er Fox said he was going to cook Br'er Rabbit and eat him up for good! Br'er Rabbit was mighty scared. He begged, "Oh, Br'er Fox, I don't care what you do [...]

14 08, 2017

Br’er Rabbit stories – American literature

By |2019-02-23T13:43:56-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

The printing press of the Cherokee Advocate in the 1800s, which first printed a Br'er Rabbit story (the Tar Baby) Why is he called Br'er Rabbit? Br'er Rabbit is short for "Brother Rabbit". He's a rabbit who tricks people. But sometimes he gets tricked himself! Br'er Rabbit is a lot like the African [...]