Important events in human history!

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2021

First-graders, listen up!: This morning's New York Times should become source material in Grade 1 World History class. 

Some very old coins have been found in Poland. They help shed light on some events from world history.

You don't want to hold the truth back from kids! It's never too early for this:

HIGGINS (7/13/21): One theory, promoted by a Polish archaeologist leading the hunt for an explanation, is that the silver coins date from one of Europe’s earliest and most traumatic episodes of armed extortion—when an invading Viking army laid siege to Paris in 845, and had to be paid off with more than two tons of silver to prevent it from destroying the city.

The Vikings—Scandinavian warriors greatly feared because of their unruly habits and military prowess—later systematized what became an elaborate protection racket in the 11th century by imposing taxes in England known as Danegeld, tribute payments in return for safety.

What happened to the huge ransom they received for sparing Paris in 845, however, has always been a mystery.

The Vikings had a major trading post called Truso just 30 miles from Biskupiec, the Polish village where the coins were found. That has led some experts to speculate that the silver extorted in Paris made its way there and then spread into nearby areas as part of a flourishing Baltic-region trade, whose main commodity was slaves.

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Mateusz Bogucki, the head of the laboratory, said he was skeptical about the Paris ransom payment theory but said the coins were still a very significant find, indicating the reach of the Carolingian Empire far beyond its heartland in Western Europe.

The coins, he said, have little financial value and would most likely fetch under $200 each on the open market, “but their value as a source of information is absolutely amazing.”

Particularly important, Mr. Bogucki said, is the light they shed on medieval trade routes, many of which revolved around the buying and selling of local people who had been captured in battle and sold or forced into bondage by slave merchants.

The Vikings played a major role as intermediaries in a brutal business fed by a voracious appetite for slaves from Europe among wealthy Muslims in the Middle East and later Central Asia. Silver coins found previously in the area have mostly been Arab dirhams, used by Muslim merchants to pay for human chattel.

This helps provide a lot of context for first-graders as they assemble their fully contextualized understanding of world and American history. This material would be especially important for first-graders who identify as Scandinavian, Viking, Middle Eastern or wealthy Muslim.

First-graders of the nation, unite! You have nothing to lose but your lunch!


42 comments:

  1. Does this history imply that the Crusades were justified?

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    1. Somerby seems to be implying that any recent concerns about slavery are unjustified because ancient people did barbaric things. The Romans did all this stuff 800 years before the Vikings, enslaving Greeks and those in the Middle East. The Irish enslaved the English and the English enslaved the Irish. None of that justifies the ongoing discrimination against African Americans in the USA.

      Next Somerby will be quoting white supremacist literature at us.

      No one has suggested telling very small children about upsetting things. This is a conservative bogeyman, not anything seriously being done or suggested by the left.

      Somerby is really letting his asshole colors fly these days.

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    2. 'Next Somerby will be quoting white supremacist literature at us.'

      Next ? He's been doing that for years. He's a POS

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    3. I've heard tons of this stuff forever:
      Yes, but there have always been slaves;
      Yes, but didn't you read in the Bible how slaves are supposed to behave;
      Yes, but the Africans sold the people into slavery;
      Yes, but some freed slaves had slaves themselves;
      Yes, but blah, blah, blah all in an effort to justify the enslavement of, and discrimination against, black people by white people in the America in the middle of the 19th century long after slavery had abolished in most of the "civilized" world.
      This country has had several opportunities to right its wrongs:
      When formed, it could have lived up to its ideals and provided freedom to everyone;
      After the Civil War, it could have really given the recently freed slaves the opportunity to succeed rather than using brute force and political power to re-enslave them and hold them in apartheid for another 100 years;
      After the Civil Rights marches and legislation of the 1960s, it could have worked to really create an equal society, but instead it created the modern Republican Party as a safe haven for racists and white nationalists.
      I'm not sure how many more chances we'll get.


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    4. “I’m not sure how many more chances we’ll get.”

      akleem1951, as long as the sun comes up, you will have chances to tell kids and adults that there’s been very little racial progress in this country. To tell them this in order to foster anger, alienation, and a desire to be protected from the majority pop. Afterall, that current majority is the population you most need to keep in line.

      You’ll have continue to have opportunities to try and subdue the larger society by your old trick of vilifying a particular skin color, in this case as having a pathology that is virtually innate due to the country’s history and culture.

      There are many ways to enslave people and there’s all the time in the world.

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    5. Why do you people post here?

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    6. Akleem didn't say there was very little progress. He said there was still work to do.

      Treating black people in discriminatory ways also fosters anger and alienation.

      Your abundant concern for the white population is noted.

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    7. What do you mean you people?

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    8. Anonymouse 4:45pm, my concern for white folks doesn’t begin to approach the concern for them as illustrated in the dialogue we now see progressive ranks.

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    9. Again, you have written a sentence but it makes no sense at all.

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  2. I suppose Somerby thinks this is funny. It isn't.

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  3. What's the common thread throughout history? The barbarians at the gate. And they always won eventually.

    We're all descended from those barbarians which explains a lot when you think about it.

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  4. "This material would be especially important for first-graders who identify as Scandinavian, Viking, Middle Eastern or wealthy Muslim."

    Yes, indeed. We demand reparations from the first-graders who identify with those Unimaginably Evil ethnic groups, dear Bob. With interest.

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  5. Ahh yess...another day, another crocka racecrap from good ol' boy Somerby.

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    1. Never has it been more clear he hates blacks and women. And Jews.

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  6. Maybe we could link the two subjects TDH likes to talk about. Eisenstein projected the possibility of other universes. Maybe there is another Woke-universe where the Africans enslaved the Europeans. Wouldn't that be cool!

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    1. You are missing the point that the idea is to get rid of slavery, not change who is enslaved by whom.

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    2. Zosima, Anonymices would then believe in “heaven”.

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    3. 'Eisenstein projected the possibility of other universes.'

      Not sure what film director Eisenstein did, but physicist Einstein most certainly did not.

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  7. The problem isn't only large acts of discrimination but the small ones that happen daily, such as this one:

    "Can we not even get our panties in peace? Apparently not at the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey, where Ijeoma Ukenta went to cash in her coupon for a free panty at the mall’s Victoria’s Secret store—but ended up in the midst of a viral “Karen” incident, instead.

    According to International Business Times, the incident began while Ukenta was sifting through the store’s assortment of panties for her free pair, and a white woman, since identified as Abigail Elphick, nudged her aside. After a rightful “excuse me” from Ukenta, Elphick apparently tried to flip the aggression, causing Ukenta to turn on her phone camera—just in time to catch Elphick assaulting her."

    The phrase Black Lives Matter is about the police shootings but it also applies to every situation in which a black person is treated as "less than" someone white, going about the same business. That is the meaning of being a "second class citizen" and that is what needs to stop too.

    This shit that Somerby has posted today is offensive because of its dismissive tone and utter lack of empathy for what happens to black people in our society. Somerby should be ashamed of himself, but of course he isn't.

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    1. Anonymouse 5:33pm, my guess is that it’s ten to one of videos of black people beating the hell out of each other and any other race in the vicinity in malls, restaurants, and parking lots, than vids of white assailants.

      That doesn't mean isn’t wrong or that racism doesn’t exist.

      Your intellectual leaders know that it’s a better case when made with cops.

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    2. Only a troll would argue that cops aren't thugs.

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    3. Anonymouse 6:35pm, now you’re back on your intellectual turf.

      Comparatively.

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    5. Anonymush 5:33 PM, if you really want to play the tit-for-tat anecdote game, just remember, there are no corporate-mass media goons on this comments page to scrub Black violence against non-Blacks, in this case a Hispanic woman.

      https://ktla.com/news/local-news/300-pound-man-caught-on-video-randomly-attacking-woman-at-gardena-area-gas-station/

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    6. @ 9:19 PM, playing the tit-for-tat anecdote game is what George Soros wants you to do. It's already a mistake to think of "black violence" or "black people".

      Resist George Soros' and his dembots' hitlerian propaganda, dear Gloucon.

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    7. Even the Republican Party supports reparations for slavery.
      And they're pieces of shit.

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  8. Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself.
    Why would he, when he was so close to being put on the Supreme Court by Republicans?

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  9. Whoa, apparently a lightning strike destroyed the mural of Saint Floyd in Toledo yesterday.

    Discuss.

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    1. Why isn't there a statue of Micah X. Johnson in every town in the USA?

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    2. Take it up with Lori Lightfoot, dear dembot.

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    3. Mao,
      Like you, I can't think of any good reasons for there not being Micah X. Johnson statues in every town in the country either.

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