By Joseph R. Oppong

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Grade 6-10-These available titles are generously illustrated with colourful pictures, maps, and transparent charts, graphs, and different statistical information. they aren't damaged all the way down to offer huge info on person countries, yet relatively talk about the areas as a complete. Oppong presents a close view of African geography, tradition, fiscal status, and political historical past. The ebook concludes with a long time line and a further-reading checklist that's heavy on different titles by means of the writer. Phillips does an outstanding activity of organizing every one subject by means of offering transparent and defined info. The examine is easily performed, and knowledge and facts are brand new. The time line starts off in 1,700,000 B.C. with the looks of Java guy and ends with the 2004 tsunami. worthy additions for study and basic interest.-Amanda Conover Le, St. Johns County Public Library method, Ponte Vedra seashore, FL

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At 11:00 in the morning, these young men have no income and nowhere to go. They will ultimately migrate to urban centers in hopes of finding jobs. In the city, they do whatever they can to survive. Moreover, urban employment is severely limited. Thus, people end up doing whatever they can just to survive. Most people work in the informal sector (such as in petty trade and construction). Still, there are not enough jobs for all these immigrants. An even more difficult problem is urban housing. There is simply not enough housing for all the people in Africa’s cities.

In 1948, po- 0699_ch03 6/4/05 7:45 AM Page 39 Historical Geography lice brutality against a peaceful demonstration by former soldiers to express their grievances turned into a massive riot. The colonial government blamed, arrested, and imprisoned Nkrumah and other political leaders. This seemed to only increase their determination and resolve. When he called for a nationwide strike to demand independence, he was imprisoned again—but he emerged as a national hero. While in prison, his party won a landslide victory in municipal elections.

Culture—including language, tools, weapons, and the use of fire—began in Africa. All available archaeological evidence suggests that humans can trace their ancient ancestral roots to the African continent. Whereas much is known about the earliest humans from the archaeological record, we know very little about their “documented” history until about 500 years ago. Most of the region lacked writing, and thus a written history, until the sixteenth century. Without written records, establishing the exact details of life and livelihood in the African world before the modern era is difficult.

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