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10 08, 2017

Indentured servants – American history

By |2017-08-10T23:09:09-07:00August 10th, 2017|Economy, North America|0 Comments

Indentured servant Nanny Hull, working on Quaintance farm in Kentucky in the 1800s Because most of the people who lived in North America had died during the 1500s AD of smallpox and measles and other diseases brought by European traders, by the 1700s there were not very many people left on the East Coast to work on farms there. So English [...]

7 08, 2017

Karl Marx – European philosophy

By |2019-04-03T11:32:08-07:00August 7th, 2017|Economy, Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Karl Marx, a European philosopher and economist How did Hegel inspire Marx? The famous German philosopher Hegel died when Karl Marx was 13 years old. Marx must have heard a lot about Hegel when he was in school in Germany. Hegel's ideas about a dialectic or conversation between opposites which led to a sort of [...]

27 07, 2017

Heian period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2019-08-07T10:07:32-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|2 Comments

Heian Japan: Godai Kokuzo Bodhisattva (Jingo-ji Temple, Kyoto), ca. 800-900 AD Women shut out of power After Empress Koken died in 770 AD, there was a major change in how Japan's government worked. The powerful families got more power in Heian Japan, the same way they did in China about this time. Women were shut out of [...]

20 07, 2017

Slavery in medieval India

By |2019-09-16T05:36:45-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|4 Comments

Dancing woman from Mohenjo Daro, in what is now Pakistan Slavery in ancient India There were probably always slaves in India, but until about 1000 AD there were only a few people who were enslaved, and most of them worked as house servants or entertainers. Islam brings more slavery to India But when Islamic conquerors reached India, they forced many [...]

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 [...]

6 07, 2017

Athens under the Tyrants – Ancient Greece

By |2017-07-06T22:14:18-07:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|0 Comments

Obol minted under Pisistratus with the head of Medusa At first people were happy with Solon's changes. They had their farms back, and they didn't owe any money, and they weren't being killed for little things. They could (if they were free men) be judges and vote in the Assembly. But the people [...]

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 [...]

22 06, 2017

Where do oranges and lemons come from?

By |2019-09-14T06:38:36-07:00June 22nd, 2017|China|8 Comments

Oranges and lemons come from earlier fruits; this is a type of citron called Buddha's Hand Wild ancestors of oranges and lemons The first wild ancestors of oranges and lemons probably evolved in Australia and New Guinea. The first people probably began eating them soon after they arrived in Australia, about 30,000 BC. [...]