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10 08, 2017

What is sharecropping?

By |2019-09-14T06:45:51-07:00August 10th, 2017|North America|6 Comments

Sharecroppers picking cotton. See the little girl and the bigger boy? (ca 1890) How do people become sharecroppers? When people didn't own any land, or they lost their land because of not being able to pay back money or food they borrowed, they often became sharecroppers. How do people fall into debt? History of farming All our American [...]

27 07, 2017

Yayoi – Iron Age Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:57-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|0 Comments

Yayoi pottery, ca. 100-200 AD By about 800 BC, most people in Japan were shifting from Stone Age hunting and gathering to farming rice for most of their food (but they were still also eating a lot of fish). People in Japan started raising pigs at this time, too, brought over from China. Like farmers everywhere, people in Japan started to fight over land, and [...]

7 07, 2017

Tyrant Game – Ancient Greece activity

By |2018-04-23T07:02:27-07:00July 7th, 2017|Government, Greeks|0 Comments

Harmodius and Aristogeiton To understand more about tyranny, play a game with a group of kids (about 25 is perfect) where you decide whether to have a tyrant, and who should be the tyrant. Most of the kids (all but five) will be ordinary people - men and women, mostly farmers. About half [...]

30 06, 2017

What is tyranny? Definition

By |2017-06-30T00:03:06-07:00June 30th, 2017|Government, Greeks|0 Comments

Kritios Boy statue from the time of the tyranny in Athens In Greece and West Asia, mainly in what is now Turkey, there was a period of time around 650-400 BC when tyrants ruled many city-states. "Tyrant" is probably a Lydian word, from West Asia. This is how tyrannies usually grew out of [...]

29 06, 2017

Why do people fall into debt?

By |2019-05-02T08:47:27-07:00June 29th, 2017|Government|0 Comments

Why people fall into debt: Sumerian man plowing on a cylinder seal Cancellation of debts The three demands that poor people made whenever they were able to make demands were for the cancellation of debts, the abolition of debt bondage, and the redistribution of land. What does that mean, and why did they [...]

12 06, 2017

Organizing farm work – History of farming

By |2018-04-19T10:27:38-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments

Egyptian wall painting of farm work Family farms Maybe when people first started farming, each family pretty much farmed by itself. Mom and Dad and the kids planted the grain and the vegetables, and later they harvested them. And throughout antiquity and the middle ages, many farms were family farms that worked just like [...]