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By Mary Beth Norton, Carol Sheriff, David M. Katzman, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff

A humans and a state deals a lively narrative that demanding situations scholars to contemplate American historical past. The authors' awareness to race and racial id and their inclusion of daily humans and pop culture brings background to existence, enticing pupil readers and inspiring them to visualize what existence used to be relatively like some time past. The 8th version bargains hugely readable tales and the most recent scholarship all through.

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Their city-states, though, engaged in near-constant warfare with one another. , thus ending the classic era of Mayan civilization. By the time Spaniards arrived 600 years later, only a few remnants of the oncemighty society remained. Ancient native societies in what is now the United States learned to grow maize, squash, and beans from Mesoamericans, but the exact |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| nature of the relationship of the various cultures is unknown. ) The Hohokam, Mogollon, and ancient Pueblo peoples of the modern states of Arizona and New Mexico subsisted by combining hunting and gathering with agriculture in an arid region of unpredictable rainfall.

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). Bands of Americans protected by wooden armor battled while standing in ranks facing each other, the better to employ their clubs and throwing spears, which were effective only at close quarters.

The disease then recurred with particular severity in the 1360s and 1370s. Although no precise figures are available and the impact of the Black Death varied from region to region, the best estimate is that fully one-third of Europe’s people died during those terrible years. A precipitous economic decline followed—in some regions more than half of the European Societies ▲ Daily life in early sixteenth-century Portugal, as illustrated in a manuscript prayer book. At top a prosperous family shares a meal being served by an African slave.

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