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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 [...]

13 06, 2017

Farming in Ancient Egypt – Egyptian farming

By |2019-07-26T11:43:52-07:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Economy, Egypt, Food|1 Comment

Egyptian farming: Ancient Egyptian cattle plowing (Louvre Museum, Paris) When did Egyptians start to farm? The Egyptians started farming a little later than their neighbors in West Asia and about the same time as other people around the world, probably around 10,000 BC, but definitely by 5200 BC. The beginnings of farming Stone Age Egypt [...]

12 06, 2017

Planting crops – History of Farming

By |2018-04-19T10:27:39-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments

An Egyptian using a hand plow (about 1400 BC) The first part of farming is planting the seeds in good dirt, so they can begin to grow. In most parts of Europe, North Africa, and West Asia, early farmers planted their seeds in the fall, around October. You can plant seeds one at [...]

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 [...]