The Neolithic Revolution
There once was a man who discovered
How to domesticate a pig and its mother.
He learned how to farm
Without causing any harmAnd settled next to his brother.E. NappMary Leakey
A famous anthropologist was she
Excavating bones in the Rift Valley.
She knew life began
On Africa’s land.“It is the birthplace of man,” said Leakey.E. Napp
Artifacts that humans make.
They learn of the past
From pieces that lastAnd educate rather than forsake.E. Napp
Mesopotamia was a land,
A fertile and arable land.
The rivers did flow
While the crops did growWhere early civilization began.E. NappThe Code of Hammurabi or The First Written law CodeHammurabi was a kingWho collected legal things.An eye for an eyeBut the rich could buyFreedom from pain and harsh things.E. NappThe Nile River ValleyFrom South to North, the Nile flows;Bringing silt and helping traders go.Its Pharoah's divineAnd mummified.With fertile land, farmers reap and sow.E. NappHarappan or Indus River Valley Civilization and Urban PlanningThey planned their cities carefully,Laying bricks the same size happily.They were advanced,Cultivated plants,But we can't read their writing sadly.E. NappChina's Sorrow: The Huang He or Yellow RiverCivilization in China beganNear the Yellow River's land.The people could farmBut flooding did harmWhen its waters covered the land.E. NappBuddhaSiddhartha, son of Indian king,Discovered the cause of suffering."Selfish desireWill spread like fireUnless you get rid of that thing."E. NappSparta"Come home a victor or dead on your shield,"Said wife to husband as he marched on field.Weak babies will dieWithout mother's sighAnd enslaved helots will farm in the fields.E. NappAthensDemocracy was born in this landWhere citizens vote, only free man.Slaves and womenForeign born menCould not vote in this European land.E. NappRoman PatriciansA Patrician was a rich manWho had wealth and owned lots of land.He could representAnd even dissentHaving more rights than the common man.E. NappRoman Contributions: Government and LawThe Romans gave us many thingsLike government and legal rulings.So, if you can't proveThat a man did do,Set him free without saying a thing.E. NappAsoka: Mauryan King of IndiaHe was one of the Mauryan kingsWho renounced violent things.His words were inscribedOn pillars so highTo help all people learn peaceful things.E. NappThe Gupta Empire: The Golden Age of Hindu CultureThe Guptas had a golden age.Kalidasa wrote Sanskrit on the page.Their math did lastZero's from the pastAnd you'll see decimals on your math page.E. NappThe MayasThe Mayas farmed by cutting down treesThen built pyramids and great cities.They made the zero;Were trading heroesUntil they abandoned their cities.E. NappThe Mandate of HeavenThe gods do pick and they do chooseWho'll be the next emperor to rule.But if you do bad,You'll soon feel sadWhen another dynasty rules.E. NappThe Han DynastyThe Han are compared to the RomansThey increased trade for merchants and nomads.They had a hard test,Gave scholars no rest;And built roads just like the Romans.E. NappThe Great Wall of ChinaBuilt to protect China's north,Labored on by an incredible force;It kept nomads outMade communists shout"That wall hurt our peasant force!"E.NappAnimismThere are spirits in the land and sea.There are natural forces that we see.The spirits existAnd do insistThat we worship the nature we see.E. NappAbraham: Founder of JudaismAbraham came to believeThat there was one God not spirits in trees.God gave him the land;He called it CanaanAnd said, "What a great God are thee."E.NappThe Fall of Rome: The Birth of the Middle AgesThe fall of Rome made Caesar cry.The central rule did collapse and die.No longer one kingBut new ways did bring:Lord, serf, and the feudal hierarchy.E. NappA Medieval SerfA serf is bound to his Lord's land:Not slave or free but part of the land.He can't be soldBut will work till old,Wanting always freedom from his Lord's land.E. NappThe Black Death: Plague from Asia to Western EuropeOn trade routes, infected fleas on black ratCarried a terrible disease thatMade people die,Pope and priests sigh,
"What have we done to bring God's wrath?"E. NappGalileo Galilei: A Heliocentric Perspective"I looked at the sky and clearly did seeThat the sun is the center for you and me.The Earth does revolve,Thinking must evolve,But the Catholic Church does not like me."E. NappMachiavelli's The PrinceMachiavelli once said,It is better to be feared than dead.Kings do what they mustOr it's dust to dustFor the powerful one keeps his head.E. NappMohandas K. GandhiGandhi wanted India to be free.So, he boycotted cloth; marched to the sea.An eye for an eye,He would not try.Nonviolence would make India free.E. NappThe RenaissanceIn Medieval times, they lived to die,Thinking of Heaven not a hard life's sigh.But new ideas cameAnd artists' exclaimed,"Celebrate life, create new things, revive."E. NappLouis XIVHe was the absolute ruler of FranceWho controlled the nation through sword and lance.He made the rulePunished any foolWho questioned his divine rule in France.E. NappPeter the GreatRussia will have a window to the west.It will look to Europe and be the best.A navy on the sea,Modern it will be,Said the Tsar as he moved the culture west.E. NappToussaint L'OuvertureToussaint was a great man indeed.He helped Haitian slaves who were in needOf libertyAnd being free.
Fighting the French, he planted freedom's seed.E. NappCongress of ViennaMetternich hated revolution.He wanted order; old institutions.Balance of power;Back to old hour;He tried to stop future revolutions.E. Napp