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What are some questions that I could ask in an interview with someone [not white], regarding the Separate Amenities...

The previously suggested questions are wonderful ideas that you may wish to include when interviewing someone who experienced the indignities of apartheid. If you have not experienced systemic...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 3:56 am UTC

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Code Of Hammurabi Laws Compared To Today's Laws

Like the laws of today, Hammurabi's Code lays out specific punishments for specific crimes. This is meant to create equity in the way that punishments are meted out. Both the Babylonians and...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 12:23 pm UTC

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In what ways were the English colonies alike in the 17th and 18th centuries, and in what ways were they regionally...

The colonies were alike in that they all had close ties to England. They were mainly inhabited by English-speaking people. Aside from some of Maryland, they were largely Protestant. They had their...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2020 1:54 pm UTC

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What are the differences between the Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire? 

The Byzantine Empire was, in a sense, the continuation of the Roman Empire. It is even sometimes called the eastern Roman Empire, it included the Greek speaking eastern part of the Mediterranean....

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016 2:12 pm UTC

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What are the three organs of government?

The three organs of government are legislative, judicial, and executive. Also known as the three branches, they provide a system of checks and balances to make sure that there is a separation of...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019 10:37 am UTC

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Why was Christopher Columbus a hero?  

Traditionally, Christopher Columbus has been seen as a hero because of his role as an explorer, facing harsh conditions and the unknown as he made his famous voyage. He wanted to forge a western...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 11:49 pm UTC

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What was the purpose of placing the coins over the eyes of the dead in Greek mythology? I'm aware that placing the...

As the other educators have noted, the purpose of putting coins over the eyes of the dead was to pay passage across the Styx River. The very first reference to this practice comes from the work of...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019 7:51 am UTC

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What was the role of women according to Hammurabi's code?

In Hammurabi's Code, a woman was considered the property of her father or husband, who administered her dowry. If a woman died, her dowry would go back to her father, to her brothers, or to her...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 12:05 am UTC

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How were the Indian Ocean routes and Silk routes similar? How were they different?

The Silk Road and Indian Ocean trading routes were similar in that they both served the purpose of moving luxury goods from East Asia to the markets of the Mediterranean and Europe via the Middle...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 7:02 pm UTC

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Why is the city of Florence considered so important during the Renaissance? How did so many Italian merchants make...

Florence was an important city during the Renaissance. The Renaissance first began there and was very strong in Florence. As the Renaissance spread throughout Europe, Florence became a model for...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2016 12:30 am UTC

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What was the importance of the Columbian exchange? How did it change both sides of the Atlantic?

When studying the Columbian exchange, it is important to pay attention to its significant legacy. For millennia, the so-called Old World and New World had been completely separated. When Europeans...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020 10:56 pm UTC

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How did trade with the Venetians contribute to the fall of the Byzantine empire?

For nearly five hundred years, the Venetian and the Byzantine empires enjoyed an immensely profitable centuries-long commercial and military alliance that dominated shipping and trade in the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2020 9:52 pm UTC

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What are some examples of imperialism?

Imperialism is the domination of a land and its people by an external power. It is the antithesis of self-determination. It is closely tied to colonialism, although scholars often distinguish...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019 3:21 pm UTC

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How does geography affect the people that live there?

There are countless ways in which geography affects people. It is a key factor in influencing the way of life of people in a given region. Local resources determine the food people eat which in...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019 1:07 pm UTC

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Why Did The Byzantine Empire Fall

According to history, it is inevitable that all empires should fall. Usually, empires are too powerful to be taken down by outside forces. For this reason, most empires fall from within. While the...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2015 6:54 pm UTC

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What was the Mesopotamian economy based upon?

The Mesopotamian economy was based on bartering—that is, trading goods and services for other goods and services. Bartering was necessary for people in Mesopotamia to get the resources they lacked....

Latest answer posted September 19, 2017 12:48 am UTC

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What is one reason colonists came to America?

The colonists came to America: to build a better economic life for themselves and to have religious freedom. I will focus on the second reason and how it played out in the decision of the Mayflower...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019 12:35 pm UTC

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What is the history of physical education in Greece?

Ancient Greece is well known for its emphasis on physical education. In his writings, Plato expressed the need for physical education and survival skills, particularly for the mentors and leaders...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 2:58 pm UTC

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What did people use before they had refrigerators?

Most houses used to be built with cellars. A cellar was dark and cool, and food could be kept there so it wouldn't spoil. People also canned fruits and vegetables, and preserved meats in barrels...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011 6:37 am UTC

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According to Jefferson, what should people do if the government does not serve the people?

As a follower of Enlightenment philosophies put forth by such thinkers as John Locke and Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson had a strong belief that the proper role of government was to protect the natural...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 10:30 am UTC

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of freedom?

There are two essential points to consider when thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of freedom. The first is that freedom is a continuum, not an absolute. If you think about the degree...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 11:40 am UTC

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Why is the Elizabethan age called the Golden Age of England?

It was a good time to be English during the Elizabethan era. During this era, Shakespeare created many of his famous plays, thus making England a cultural center recognized by all of Europe and...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 11:30 pm UTC

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What is Marxism?

At its simplest, Marxism is the opposite of capitalism. In capitalism, everyone tries to get as much for himself as you can. He who has the most toys wins. In communism, everyting is owned...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011 1:05 am UTC

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Justinian Accomplishments

There is a saying, famous in the American lexicon, that states "behind every great man was a great woman." Historians are in almost complete agreement that Justinian, the Byzantine Emporer from...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2015 3:18 pm UTC

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Why is the Battle of Saratoga considered a turning point in the American Revolution?

The Battle of Saratoga, actually a series of military conflicts between September 1777 and October 1777 that took place near Albany in Saratoga County, New York, was a turning point in the...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 2:49 pm UTC

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In what way did Latin influence the English language? when? how?

About 70% of our english words come from Latin. This alone make Latin the most important language to influence English. For example, the word, promise, comes from "pro-mitto," meaning to send...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2010 12:34 pm UTC

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What factors that led to the end of the Cold War ?

The Cold War ended primarily because the Soviet Union, America's adversary in the communist vs. democracy struggle, had a revolution in 1991 and broke into 15 separate countries. But that event...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2011 3:44 pm UTC

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What was the impact of the Renaissance on art?

Renaissance art completely revitalized the entire concept of art in Europe. It branched out beyond the merely religious purpose of medieval artwork. It reflected a new humanist philosophy, and it...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2018 10:20 pm UTC

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What are the achievements of the United Nations Organization?

The United Nations (UN) has had a long and somewhat controversial history. Its supporters laud its accomplishments. Its detractors, including the United States, have sometimes excoriated it....

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019 8:24 pm UTC

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Why do we need to study the past? 

As the old adage goes "those who forgot the past are doomed to repeat it." Studying history not only helps us to recall the events that have passed before us, but it gives us great insight into...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 1:09 pm UTC

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can you differentiate the old generation from the new generation? Can you differentiate the old generation from the...

This is interesting. It reminds me of the recent visit and converstions with my mother about discipline and children. My parents raised me fairly strictly. As a result, their example has...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011 10:56 pm UTC

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Where does the power of the government come from, according to the Declaration of Independence?

The Declaration of Independence says that the power of the government comes from the consent of the people. This is one of the main ideas of John Locke’s thought, which strongly influenced Thomas...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 9:11 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the Assyrian and Persian empires.

We should first establish what we mean by the Assyrian and Persian Empires, since those names have been used to describe some very different cultures over the course of about 4,000 years. For the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 5:01 pm UTC

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What are the similarities between the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights? Also, is a piece of paper considered to be...

The biggest similarity between the Bill of Rights and the Magna Carta is that they both place certain formal constraints on the power of the central government. The Magna Carta came about due to...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 6:07 am UTC

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What does Hammurabi’s Code tell us about the ancient Babylonian way of life?

Hammurabi's Code is one of the most helpful windows that we have into examining Babylonian society. One thing we learn is that reputation was incredibly important as the Code specifically lays out...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 4:55 am UTC

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I am currently doing an assignment on apartheid laws. I chose the Separate Amenities Act. In an interview, what would...

The Separate Amenities Act of 1953 codified much of apartheid into South African law. It made it legal to exclude people from public spaces and to create separate facilities that did not need to be...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2019 4:15 pm UTC

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Printing Press How does printing affect our society today?

The invention of the printing press had a huge impact on the past and continues to impact our lives today. Printing allowed ideas to curiculate quickly and cheaply. Oringinally, the printing...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2012 3:24 am UTC

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How has the Constitution been able to endure more than 200 years of extraordinary change and growth in the United...

The Constitution has survived for so long largely for two reasons. First and foremost, it is incredibly difficult to amend. As a previous educator has pointed out, the Constitution has only been...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 12:00 pm UTC

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What are the similarities and differences between school during the colonial period and modern schooling, and what...

There are many more differences between school in the colonial period and the modern era than there are similarities. Schools taught different things in different ways to different people. The...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2015 9:13 pm UTC

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What type of government did Voltaire want?

Voltaire believed that the best form of government was a constitutional monarchy governed by an "enlightened despot." The king should have limited power and should be advised by an oligarchy of...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 2:51 pm UTC

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How many times does the word "democracy" appear in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution?  

Many people know that we have some form of a democracy in our country. They also know that our key documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, tried to establish a...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 3:39 pm UTC

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How did the Bantu Education Act affect people's lives?

The Bantu Education Act of 1953 legalized aspects of the South African apartheid system, particularly segregated educational systems. Many "tribal" schools, denied proper financial support from the...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 12:47 pm UTC

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What was the wheel of fortune in Elizabethan times?

The Wheel of Fortune was a medieval concept with its antecedents in Roman mythology. The Roman goddess Fortuna was characterized as having a Rota Fortunae (wheel of fortune) or a ship's rudder in...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019 1:52 pm UTC

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Why is Leonardo da Vinci so historically important?

Leonardo da Vinci is primarily famous as a Renaissance artist. He is especially remembered for two works of art: Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. However, he is also important as an overall genius,...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2017 11:54 am UTC

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What are two differences between the Native peoples of North and South America?

It is difficult to generalize about the diverse native populations of North and South America, and any generalizations which can be justified involve placing the Aztec and Mayan people,...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020 2:59 pm UTC

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When did the Separate Amenities Act start?

The Separate Amenities Act, also commonly called the Reservation of Separate Amendment Act, was passed into law by royal assent on October 5th, 1953, and enforcement began four days later on...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019 10:55 pm UTC

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What were the long-lasting consequences of Reservation of Separate Amenities Act?

The policy of apartheid, or the separation of whites and blacks, had long been in practical effect in South Africa before the Reservation of Separate Amenities Act became law on October 9, 1953,...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 5:53 pm UTC

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What was significant about Louis XIV, and what did he do during his reign?

Louis XIV is significant for radicially altering the balance of power in French politics: centralizing power in the monarchy and establishing a system of patronage and despotism that survived until...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 2:41 pm UTC

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What was the importance of writing in the development of civilization?

Writing was very important in the development of civilization. Civilization is, of course, possible without writing, but writing makes it much easier. It does so because it allows people to keep...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 2:35 pm UTC

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What are the effects of imperialism on our world today? What are the effects of imperialism on our world today?

Africa and Latin America are the most stark examples of colonial legacy, in my mind. Because of the imposition of artificial borders and an influx of weapons (accelerated by the Cold War) Africa...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 7:36 am UTC

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