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Married women in West Asia

By | 2017-09-15T16:26:06+00:00 September 15th, 2017|People, West Asia|

Grindstone from Syria, about 1500 BC (Louvre Museum) Most married women in West Asia lived with their husband's family, so young married women took orders from their husband's mother. Sometimes the two women got along well; other times they fought the way many teenagers fight with their parents. Some families hit or starved [...]

Girls and young women in West Asia

By | 2017-09-15T15:52:13+00:00 September 15th, 2017|People, West Asia|

An enslaved woman stands behind a free Elamite woman who is spinning (600s BC) In West Asia, even more than in most other state societies all over the world, men did not allow women to do all the things that men did. People valued women less than men. In Hammurabi's Code, from 1700 BC, there's a lower penalty [...]

West Asia in the Stone Age

By | 2017-09-14T18:20:22+00:00 September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Building at Gobekli Tepe (ca. 9000 BC) By around 10,000 BC, people in West Asia were beginning to settle down in one place instead of travelling around, even though they were still hunting and gathering. Probably this was because the end of the Ice Age was making West Asia so warm and wet and fertile that people didn't need [...]

Before 10,000 BC – World history timeline

By | 2017-09-10T15:46:03+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Africa, History|

Sibidu Cave, South Africa. People lived here from about 77,000 BC until about 38,000 years ago. In the early years of human history, beginning with the earliest humans about two million years ago, every place in the world was in the Stone Age, and all the people in the world got their food by hunting and gathering. For a [...]

Who are the Arawak? – South American history

By | 2017-09-08T17:33:50+00:00 September 8th, 2017|History, South America|

Arawak family in Trinidad, ca. 1500 AD The Arawak probably first arrived in South America with the second wave of people, around 15,000 BC. They were probably fishing people with canoes or boats, travelling south along the Atlantic coastline following the fish. The Arawak settled first in what is now Venezuela, along the Orinoco River, eating a lot [...]

What is lead? A heavy kind of metal

By | 2017-09-06T13:04:22+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Religion, Romans, Science|

A Roman anchor from Palermo, Italy Lead is a kind of metal that is very heavy. (See if you can get some lead, like a fishing weight, to see how heavy it is). People have been mining lead and using it for weights in West Asia since about 4000 BC, about the same time people started to use copper, and before [...]

Stone Age Italy – the history of Italy

By | 2017-09-03T21:33:53+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|History|

Stone Age rock art from Val Camonica, in northern Italy. By around 200,000 years ago, there were a few early humans living in Italy. We know about them from their flint axes, and from one of their villages that has been excavated west of Rome at Torrimpietra. These were not modern humans, though, but a different species [...]

Roman economy – jobs, stores, money, debt, and trade in ancient Rome

By | 2017-12-26T15:18:31+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Economy, Romans|

The Roman economy: a Roman olive press mosaic (200-250 AD) now in St. Germain en Laye, France Farming in the Roman economy Most people in the Roman world were farmers. Some of the people who worked on farms were slaves, but most of them were free. Some owned their own land, but most people had [...]

Sojourner Truth – African-American freedom

By | 2017-08-14T12:48:56+00:00 August 14th, 2017|History, North America|

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 [...]

United States Civil War – American History

By | 2017-08-12T21:29:42+00:00 August 12th, 2017|History, North America|

Men and women and kids working as slaves in Alabama (1861) In the 1850s AD, cotton-growing was getting more and more important. And white people in the southern part of the United States were getting more and more angry with rich people who lived in the North. One reason was that these northern rich people were [...]