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The importing of human beings into the US from Africa to be sold as slaves was outlawed in 1808, after which the slave markets of the southern states traded in black people born in America. The rules of New World slavery decreed that a person’s status was derived from that of the mother, not the father. A slave owner’s children by an enslaved woman were, firstly, assets.

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Images of life at the royal court in Tehran on view at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Albrecht III. (* 1349/1350 in Wien; † 29. August 1395 auf Schloss Laxenburg), genannt Albrecht mit dem Zopf, Graf von Habsburg (Albrecht VII.), war Herzog von Österreich 1365–95. Wahlspruch: Sein Sinnbild war ein Globus mit dem Wahlspruch Ni adspicit non adspicitur. (Sieht er einen nicht an, wird man nicht erblickt)

A Matter of Class: 2,400-Year-Old Tombs Yield Ancient Aristocrats

A gold wreath in the shape of an ivy plant discovered at a 2,400-year-old tomb complex in Cyprus.

Holocaust Prisoners Use Spoons and Hands To Dig Escape Tunnel

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Palmyra must not be fixed. History would never forgive us

Barbaric onslaught … the destroyed Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria.Sometimes ruins are better left as ruins.

Cathedral Celebrates 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta with Immersive Art Installations

The ancient Magna Carta has come to symbolise key ideas of human rights and equality—concepts that have caused both intellectual and physical ripples throughout the world. To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the document's signing, the Salisbury Cathedral has commissioned international art group Squidsoup to create two immersive installations within the historic architecture.