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14 08, 2017

History of Valentine’s Day – American holidays

By |2019-02-14T06:11:04-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|0 Comments

A Valentine from Charles, duke of Orleans, to his wife in 1415 AD The Roman Lupercalia The earliest holiday that might conceivably have something to do with Valentine's Day is the Roman Lupercalia. And the fashion for people singing Valentines verses to each other may have started earlier in the Middle Ages. More about [...]

14 08, 2017

Sojourner Truth – African-American freedom

By |2019-09-18T07:44:33-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America|2 Comments

Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth didn't know where her people came from, because she was born into slavery. But it was probably West Africa or the Congo. She may have been part Native American. Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree in New York State, in 1797, just after the Revolutionary War. She had about ten brothers and sisters; they [...]

14 08, 2017

What was it like to be enslaved? American history

By |2018-04-07T17:05:48-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Inside a slave cabin When you got to the plantation (a big farm) after the slave auction, someone would tell you which cabin to sleep in. You shared that cabin with a lot of other people. Enslaved African-Americans picking cotton. See the little girl? During the day you worked in the fields, planting [...]

14 08, 2017

African-American slavery – American history

By |2019-02-04T10:42:52-07:00August 14th, 2017|Africa, North America, People|0 Comments

The Middle Passage: Slave fort in Ghana Millions of people enslaved Although other people, both white and Native American, have been held as slaves in North America, the experience of the African people who were forced to come to North America as slaves was more unusual, because more than half of the people living in slave states were [...]

14 08, 2017

African-Americans after slavery – Reconstruction

By |2019-09-13T06:59:23-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|11 Comments

Reconstruction: A 13-year-old boy sharecropping (1937) The end of slavery: Reconstruction During the Civil War, in 1863 AD, President Lincoln announced the end of slavery. When the North won the war, in 1865, Congress and the states voted to change the Constitution to make slavery illegal. So all the people who were enslaved in the South became free. More about [...]

14 08, 2017

Stowe – American poetry project

By |2018-04-24T10:41:40-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|0 Comments

Harriet Beecher Stowe Arrival in the Land of Freedom (1853) LOOK on the travellers kneeling, In thankful gladness, here, As the boat that brought them o'er the lake, Goes steaming from the pier. 'Tis Harry, like a girl disguised, His mother, like a boy, But the father kneels beside them, And their hearts [...]

14 08, 2017

American revolutionary war – American history

By |2019-01-24T05:29:15-07:00August 14th, 2017|History, North America|0 Comments

American revolution: English soldiers search a settler's house (1770s) Why did the Americans revolt? In 1763 AD England won the French and Indian War against France (which had been fought mainly in North America), and so the English-speaking settlers on the East Coast could stop worrying that they were about to be taken over by France. Algonquin [...]

13 08, 2017

The United States expands – American history

By |2018-04-18T09:53:59-07:00August 13th, 2017|History, North America|0 Comments

What Europeans were claiming In 1803, the French emperor Napoleon needed money to rebuild France's army after the French Revolution. So he agreed to sell France's land in North America to the newly formed United States. We call this the Louisiana Purchase, but the French sold much more than just the modern state of Louisiana. The land they [...]