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Central and South American history – colonization

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

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 [...]

Races and racism – Skin color and history

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

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 [...]

Martin Luther King, Jr. – American history

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

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 - [...]

American people – family, education, slavery

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

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 [...]

Civil Rights movement – American history

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

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. [...]

Phillis Wheatley – American literature

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

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, [...]

American language and literature – North America – History

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

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 [...]

Br’er Rabbit and the briar patch – American literature

By |2017-08-14T10:19:38+00:00August 14th, 2017|History|

A briar patch - a big thorn bush 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 with me, so long as [...]

Br’er Rabbit stories – American literature

By |2017-08-14T10:06:30+00:00August 14th, 2017|History|

The printing press of the Cherokee Advocate in the 1800s Br'er Rabbit is short for "Brother Rabbit". He's a rabbit who sometimes tricks people and sometimes gets tricked. Br'er Rabbit is a lot like like the African Anansi the Spider. He's also like the rabbit in earlier Creek and Cherokee stories. Some of his stories [...]