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- Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Roots of the American People chapter of your textbook.
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You'll learn about all of the topics in the textbook chapter, including:
- Native American history
- Mesoamerican civilizations
- The culture of the Aztecs
- Pre-Columbian civilization
- The Inca Empire and its army
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1. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas
Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.
2. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes
This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.
3. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture
A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!
4. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America
The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.
5. Incan Army: History & Practices
In this lesson, you will learn about the Inca Army through the eyes of a soldier, one of the 200,000 well-trained warriors tasked with defending and expanding South America's mighty Inca Empire.
6. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans
Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native Americans as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.
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Other chapters within the Prentice Hall America: History of our Nation: Online Textbook Help course
- Chapter 2: Europe Looks Outward (1000-1720)
- Chapter 3: Colonies Take Root (1587-1752)
- Chapter 4: Life in the Colonies (1650-1750)
- Chapter 5: The Road to Revolution (1745-1776)
- Chapter 6: The American Revolution (1776-1783)
- Chapter 7: Creating the Constitution (1776-1790)
- Chapter 8: Launching a New Nation (1789-1800)
- Chapter 9: The Era of Thomas Jefferson (1800-1815)
- Chapter 10: A Changing Nation (1815-1840)
- Chapter 11: North and South Take Different Paths (1800-1845)
- Chapter 12: An Age of Reform (1820-1860)
- Chapter 13: Westward Expansion (1820-1860)
- Chapter 14: The Nation Divided (1846-1861)
- Chapter 15: The Civil War (1861-1865)
- Chapter 16: Reconstruction and the New South (1863-1896)
- Chapter 17: The West Transformed (1860-1896)
- Chapter 18: Industry and Urban Growth (1865-1915)
- Chapter 19: Political Reform and the Progressive Era (1870-1920)
- Chapter 20: The United States Looks Overseas (1853-1915)
- Chapter 21: World War I (1914-1919)
- Chapter 22: The Roaring Twenties (1919-1929)
- Chapter 23: The Great Depression and the New Deal (1929-1941)
- Chapter 24: The World War II Era (1935-1945)
- Chapter 25: The United States in the Cold War (1945-1963)
- Chapter 26: The Civil Rights Era (1945-1975)
- Chapter 27: The Vietnam Era (1954-1976)
- Chapter 28: New Directions for a Nation (1977-2000)
- Chapter 29: Challenges for a New Century (1980-Present)