Essay The Human Story

766 Words Dec 19th, 2013 4 Pages
Michael (Gates) Sweeney - 5th hour
Sophomore Academy English 2
The Human Story by James C. Davis
Harper Perennial, 2004
Non-Fiction
In The Human Story, James C. Davis explains how humankind came to be. How we developed civilizations, cities, empires, religions, and many other pieces of our everyday lives. He wrote about how our society has developed from going to war when you were 15 years old, and dying for your side. Although the book skips around, he covers topics “... from homo erectus to George W. Bush.” In the first few pages Davis discusses scientific terms such as Homo erectus and Homo sapiens, the first of the human species. Homo erectus went extinct 300,000 years ago, then Homo sapiens, the first humans, developed and
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Eventually Rome fell apart. The only sign of it today is their technology and the city, Rome, Italy. In chapter 10 Davis writes about the American Indian empires. The main two empires consisted of the Mayans and the Aztecs. The Mayan empire first began in villages, but then their population climbed and climbed and the villages became cities. Each of which were built around squares with palaces and temples. The Mayans were known to be the most accomplished peoples of the ancient world. For the text they began their empire illegally. They would settle on private land near lakes rivers fertile land until the rightful owners drove them out. They continued their method of trespassing until they finally came across two vacant islands on Lake Texcoco. So now, surrounded by water, the Aztecs settled in a secure location with food, water, and fertile land for growing crops. They used long bridges to reach the mainland where they would hunt and establish small shacks for security. Although the Mayans were known to be more powerful, I believe the Aztecs had just the same amount of power as Mayans did. Skipping ahead to chapter 20, Davis writes about the awful years of the world wars. Most people believe that the war would also be the last. They called it “the war to end war.” Unfortunately though, the second world war appeared in the 1930s, when the United States and its allies finally shut down Hitler and all of Germany's cruelty. Japan had
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