Social Studies Help: Cultures, Governments & More (page: 3 of 21)
- The Mystery of Easter Island: the People, the Statutes
The statues of Easter Island gaze over the barren landscape. These works of art have been a source of mystery since Europeans first discovered the remote island in the South Pacific Ocean on Easter Sunday, 1722. Polynesia, meaning “many islands” in Greek, has an ancient history.
- 4th of July Celebrations
Picnics, cardboard boat races, belly slam contests, red-white-and-blue stars and stripes bunting, flags and fireworks! It doesn’t take much to recognize these Fourth of July celebrations and decorations, but what are they really all about?
- Who Were the Moors?
The Berber inhabitants of North Africa were many things. To the ancient Romans, they were the Mauri, Latin for "tending their herds" and living in the Roman territory Mauritania, now known as Algeria and Morocco. Learn more about these people who lived in various regions in times past.
- About Flag Day: Reasons for Celebrating and Origination
June 14 is Flag Day, a celebration of the birth of the American flag. This is a time to honor the flag as a representation of American values of freedom and independence.
- How is Money Made? A Peek into the Bureau of Printing and Engraving
In the beginning, conch shells, feathers, stones, tools, salt bars or anything considered valuable became “money.” Today, money is often intangible –in the form of a card transaction—but physical currency is still important. Learn the history of money and how it is made.
- Is the French Horn Really French and Other Musical Instrument Questions
Brass sections for a band or orchestra usually include small trumpets, French horns, saxhorn, trombones and the very large tubas. Have you ever wondered about the origins of these instruments or how they are made? Learn about a variety of horns throughout history.
- Legally, What Is a Juvenile Delinquent?
At what age is a child or young adult considered a juvenile delinquent. Would a judge pass down the same verdict to a six-year-old that he would give a 16-year-old? Learn about age, intent and other factors that go into this determination.
- 14th Amendment and Equal Rights: What Does It Mean?
Every day we operate under an expectation of rights. Yes, you and I included. These advantages are spelled out in something called The Bill of Rights.
- Windmills, Tulips and Wooden Shoes: The Legacy of Holland
You’ve heard the story of the come-back kid? Well, the Netherlands, which literally means “low land,” is the come-back country.
- Common Wedding Traditions: The Ring, Veil and Other Curious Customs
Wedding ceremonies can be peculiar things and, most of the time, the rituals are completed without any second thought whatsoever. But how did these customs come to be?
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