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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 [...]

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 [...]

Equal rights for some – American government

By |2017-12-19T17:34:49+00:00August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|

Equal rights for women? Abigail Adams During and after the American Revolution, the rich white men were writing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Many people who were not rich, or white, or men thought maybe this was their chance to get equal rights too. They wrote to the men who were writing [...]

Native American Daily Life

By |2018-04-24T10:38:17+00:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, People|

An Apache woman holding a baby in a cradleboard Most kids in North America lived with their mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters. Most families lived in one room of a pueblo, or one tipi or hogan or wickiup. Because a lot of kids died of sicknesses, you usually had a lot of brothers and sisters. [...]

Ethnicity in Medieval Islam

By |2018-04-09T23:09:44+00:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, People|

A plate from the Fatimid period (1000s AD), Egypt Some Islamic rulers bought or captured young Turkish, Mongol, Kurdish and Christian boys. The rulers took these boys away from their families to be special slaves. Tutors raised these boys together in dormitories. They educated the boys well and taught them to fight. When the boys grew up, they [...]

Medieval Islamic people

By |2018-04-18T23:33:48+00:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, People|

A plate from the Fatimid period (1000s AD), Egypt Children in the Islamic Empire generally did what their parents did (as many people still do today). Girls never went to school. They worked at home taking care of their brothers and sisters and cooking. Girls carried water from the well, and they went out to look for [...]

Herakles and Busiris – Labors of Herakles

By |2018-04-23T10:07:39+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Hercules kills the Egyptians (Athens, 400s BC) In this story, Herakles traveled to Egypt, where he met the king of Egypt, the Pharaoh Busiris. Busiris was a bad king. He captured Herakles, because Herakles was a stranger there, and tried to sacrifice Herakles to the Egyptian gods. This was wrong because it went against xenia. But just as they were [...]