A People & A Nation: Volume 1: To 1877 by Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman

By Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman

This lively narrative demanding situations scholars to contemplate the which means of yankee background. considerate inclusion of the lives of daily humans, cultural range, paintings, and pop culture preserves the text's uncomplicated method of American heritage as a narrative of the entire American humans. The 7th version keeps the emphasis at the detailed social background of the USA and engages scholars via state of the art study and scholarship. New content material contains accelerated assurance of contemporary heritage (post-1945) with dialogue of overseas kin, gender research, and race and racial kin

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Over many millennia, the growing population slowly dispersed to the other continents. Because the climate was then far colder than it is now, much of the earth’s water was concentrated in huge rivers of ice called glaciers. Sea levels were accordingly lower, and land masses covered a larger proportion of the earth’s surface than they do today. Scholars have long believed that all the earliest inhabitants of the Americas crossed a land bridge known as Beringia (at the site of the Bering Strait) approximately 12,000 to 14,000 years ago.

Louis. Located on rich farmland close to the confluence of the Illinois, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers, Cahokia, like Teotihuacán and Chaco Canyon, served as a focal point for both religion and trade. ), the City of the Sun covered more than 5 square miles and had a population of about twenty thousand—small by Mesoamerican standards but larger than any other northern community, and larger even than London in the same era. Although the Cahokians never seem to have invented a writing system, these sun-worshippers developed an accurate calendar, evidenced by their creation of a woodhenge––a large circle of tall timber posts aligned with the solstices and the equinox.

Although West African women (unlike some of their Native American contemporaries) rarely held formal power over men, female religious leaders did govern other members of their sex within the Sandé cult, enforcing conformity to accepted norms of behavior and overseeing their spiritual well-being. West African law recognized both individual and communal land ownership, but men seeking to accumulate wealth needed access to labor— wives, children, or slaves—who could SLAVERY IN work the land. West Africans held in GUINEA slavery on their own continent therefore composed essential elements of the economy.

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