As we move through the early explorations and the growth of the United States, think back to this unit. The U.S. is one of the shortest lived countries in the world. How does our economy, government, and way of life compare to that of the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai? In many ways we are very similar. In others, we are strikingly different.
Also, as we discuss the issue of slavery, reflect back on the topics that you discussed today. Many students enter the subject thinking that Africans were savage and tribal beings. Do you think so? How has this research affected your perception?
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