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Ancient Egyptian Dynasties
This text details how the pharaohs of ancient Egypt overcame numerous obstacles to unify Egypt into one empire.Pair “Ancient Egyptian Dynasties” with “Salt Worth its Weight in Gold” and ask students to discuss how nations fall. How does the collapse of the Kingdom of Ghana compare to the various shift in power of Egypt? What are some of the main causes of a nation’s downfall?
West African Society at the Point of European Contact
“West African Society at the Point of European Impact” describes the great cultural achievements of West Africa in the centuries before the Atlantic slave trade.Pair “Salt Worth its Weight in Gold” with “West African Society at the Point of European Contact” and have students explore what life was like in Africa prior to the transatlantic slave trade. How did the transatlantic slave trade alter life in Africa?