RECENT EVENTS

Teen Climate Activist Joins White House Rally
September 14, 2019
Famed Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg has brought her environmental activism to the U.S. After spending about two weeks in minimal comfort aboard a solar-powered yacht, she made landfall and made her way to Washington, D.C., and to the White House, where she joined a group of Greta Thunbergstudents protesting inaction over climate change. Thunberg, who made a name for herself by turning a one-person school-absenteeism-as-protest stunt into a global movement, joined in the chants at the rally. She spoke, calling for ready action, not waiting to see what happens. Thunberg plans to testify before Congress and to join a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court building. (The Court might eventually consider a case in which a group of students are suing the federal government over its climate change inaction.) She will also attend the United Nations Climate Action Summit, which is September 23 in New York. That summit will take place inside a global weeklong Climate Strike, which begins Sept. 20.

Tunisians Vote in Presidential Election
September 15, 2019

For the second time ever, Tunisians voted to elect a president in a free and clear election. The North African country was one of a number to take part in the 2011 uprisings referred to many as the Arab Spring. A total of 26 candidates were on the ballot to replace Beji Caid Essebsi, who was elected president in 2014 with a large turnout of voters eager to exercise that kind of power for the first time. Essebsi, at 92 the oldest leader of a country in the world, died in July. Turnout was expected to be about 35 percent, elections officials said; that figure would be significantly lower than that recorded in 2014. Observers said that no candidate had emerged as a clear front-runner and that a runoff between top vote-getters was expected.

3-year-old's Lemonade Stand Nets $754 for K9 Unit
September 14, 2019
Lemonade stand Lainie Stephens has learned the power of economics and of social media, all in one exercise and all before the age of 4. Lainie, who is 3, lives in Germantown, Wis. Her mother, Molly, was having a yard sale that was slated to last three days. Seeking to keep her daughter busy, she suggested that Lainie set up a lemonade stand and implore the people walking by to buy. Lainie came up with the idea of donating her proceeds to the city police department's K9 Unit, which receives all of its funding from the community. A Facebook post led to a sharp increase in customers. Lainie was also selling dog food, which she and her grandmother, Sue Moroski, poured into individual plastic bags for sale. She sold several dozen bags of that and nearly 100 cups of lemonade. At the end of the yard sale, Lainie had earned $754. Some people who saw the photo on social media donated more than $50 each.

IN DAYS GONE BY

The Pilgrims: Voyage to Freedom
On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower left England bound for the New World. Follow the Pilgrims as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean, from England to America, in search of religious freedom. See who they meet when they land in New England. Find out about the first Thanksgiving.

New Zealand: First to Have Women Vote
American voters granted women the right to vote in 1920. By that time, women in New Zealand had been voting for 27 years. The New Zealand Parliament voted for women's suffrage on Sept. 19, 1893.

Kate Sheppard: Suffrage Pioneer
Kate Sheppard (right), the driving force behind New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, was not a native New Zealander. She took the reins of the New Zealand movement, though, and drove the point home.

Nathan Hale Gives His Life for His Country
One of early America's most famous quotes came from a man who was found guilty of spying against Britain and paid for his crimes with his life. This was Nathan Hale. Among his last words were these: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."


COLONIAL AMERICA

Jamestown: First English Colony in America
Explorers had been landing in America for some time before English settlers arrived in what is now Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. But it was in that spot on the James River that English colonization began and with it, the history of America.

The Pilgrims: Voyage to Freedom
Follow the Pilgrims as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean, from England to America, in search of religious freedom. See who they meet when they land in New England. Find out about the first Thanksgiving.

The 13 American Colonies
This fun, illustrated article describes the 13 American Colonies in detail, from economics to religion to agriculture to revolution. Also includes a clickable map with links to individual descriptions of each colony and a list of the first European settlements in North America. Outstanding resource!

Farming in the 13 American Colonies
The focus is on agriculture in this look at how the colonists farmed and what they grew. See wheat turn into flour!

Religion in the 13 American Colonies
In colonial America, how you worshipped depended on where you lived. See how each colony taught religion and where they gathered for worship.

Education in the 13 American Colonies
Did colonial schools really keep girls out? Find out this and more in this entertaining look at education in colonial times.

Food in the 13 American Colonies
What did the colonists eat and how did they get it? This fun, illustrated article tells you.

Parks and Fun in the 13 American Colonies
Did colonial kids play? If so, what games did they play? This article has the answers for you. Some things haven't changed.




Significant Sevens are the highest, the lowest, the deepest, the farthest, the oldest, the youngest, and a host of other lists in economics, geography, history, and much more.

Cultural Icons are the instantly recognizable monuments, landforms, buildings, and many other kinds of landmarks that define a people, place, or culture.

 


ANCIENT GREECE

One of the shining lights in ancient times was the city-states of Greece. Athens and Sparta are perhaps the most famous of these, but they numbered many more than that. So many of the traditions of Western (and Eastern) nations can be traced to these ancient peoples and their triumphs and struggles.

Find out more about the ancient Greeks:

 

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