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By Mary Beth Norton

ISBN-10: 0618951962

ISBN-13: 9780618951963

A humans and a state deals a lively narrative that demanding situations scholars to consider American background. The authors' awareness to race and racial identification and their inclusion of daily humans and pop culture brings heritage to lifestyles, enticing scholar readers and inspiring them to visualize what existence was once relatively like some time past. The 8th variation bargains hugely readable tales and the most recent scholarship all through.

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The people of its northernmost region, the so-called Rice Coast (present-day Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea), fished and cultivated rice in coastal swamplands. The Grain Coast, the next region to the south, was thinly populated and not readily accessible from the sea because it had only one good harbor (modern Freetown, Sierra Leone). Its people concentrated on farming and raising livestock. In Lower Guinea, south and east of Cape Palmas, most Africans were farmers who practiced traditional religions, not the precepts of Islam.

They lacked settled villages and defended themselves from attack primarily through their ability to move to safer locations when necessary. The defensive design of native villages discloses the significance of warfare in pre-Columbian America. Long before Europeans arrived, residents |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| of the continent fought one another for control of the best huntWar and Politics ing and fishing territories, the most fertile agricultural lands, or the sources of essential items, such as salt (for preserving meat) and flint (for making knives and arrowheads).

European Societies In the fifteenth century, Europeans, too, were agricultural peoples. The daily lives of Europe’s rural people had changed little for several hundred years. Split into numerous small, warring countries, Europe was divided linguistically, politically, and economically, yet in social terms Europeans’ lives exhibited many similarities. In the hierarchical European societies, a few families wielded autocratic power over the majority of the people. English society in particular was organized as a series of interlocking hierarchies; that is, each person (except those at the very top or bottom) was superior to some, inferior to others.

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