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Introduction to Africa Writing Assignment #1 The Ancient Egyptians were the first humans to develop civilization and they were black. According to Cheikh Anta Diop, “The genetic table of the races represented in the tomb of Ramses III shows that the Egyptians perceived themselves as Blacks.” (CP p. 17) Diop explains that an Ancient Egyptian painting of four men – the first being of a black man – represents a portrayal of how the painter saw himself. Dark skin turned to light skin when the early humans left Africa and entered continents with harsher climate and not as much sunlight as in Africa. The Hapy (Nile) River was the center of Ancient Egyptian culture. Nomes were constructed all along the river; the flooding of the river helped with irrigation, so it was viewed as a positive natural occurrence. Agriculture was heart of Ancient Egyptian society and the focus of rural life. Many crops were grown including wheat, barley, beans, onions, dates, and grapes. All the cities were surrounded by agricultural centers; city life included managing irrigation, collecting taxes, and enforcing justice. The governance of Ancient Egyptian culture was that of Maat who proclaimed forty two laws
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course BLACK STUD 101 taught by Professor Carroll during the Spring '08 term at SUNY New Paltz.

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