By Lewis Henry Morgan
Lewis Henry Morgan studied the yank Indian lifestyle and picked up a big quantity of real fabric at the background of primitive-communal society. the entire conclusions he attracts are in response to those proof; the place he lacks them, he purposes again at the foundation of the knowledge on hand to him. He made up our minds the periodization of primitive society via linking all the sessions with the advance of creation options. The “great series of innovations and discoveries;” and the background of associations, with every one of its 3 branches — relatives, estate and govt — represent the growth made by means of human society from its earliest levels to the start of civilization. Mankind won this development via 'the slow evolution in their psychological and ethical powers via event, and in their protracted fight with opposing hindrances whereas successful their approach to civilization.'
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Tion, first from a primitive savage to a barbarian of the lowest type, and then from the latter to a Greek of the Homeric period, or to a Hebrew of the time of Abraham. The progressive development which history records in the period of civilization was not less true of man in each of the previous periods. By re-ascending along the several lines of human progress toward the primitive ages of man's existence, and removing one by one his principal institutions, inventions, and discoveries, in the order in which they have appeared, the advance made in each period will be realized.
Upper Status of Barbarism, VII. Status of Civilization. I. Lower Status of & Savagery, From the man Race ment Infancy of the Hu- to the commenceof the next Period. Middle Status of Savagery, From the acquisition of a fish subsistence and a knowledge of the use of fire, to etc. III. Upper Status of Savagery, From the Invention of the Bow and Arrow, to etc. IV. Lower Status of Barbarism, From the Invention of the Art II. of Pottery, to etc. V. Middle ism, Status of Barbar- From the Domestication of anon the Eastern hemiin the Western sphere, and from the cultivation of maize and plants by Irrigation, with the use of adobe-brick and imals stone, to etc.
From this point backward through the Middle Period of barbarism the indications become less distinct, and the relative order in which institutions, inventions and discoveries appeared is less clear; but we are not without some knowledge to guide our steps even in these distant ages of the Aryan family. For reasons previously stated, other families, besides the Aryan, may now be resorted to for the desired information. Entering next the Middle Period, let us, in like manner, strike out of human experience the process of making bronze flocks and herds of domestic animals communal houses with walls of adobe, and of dressed stone laid in courses with mortar of lime and sand cyclopean walls lake dwellings constructed on piles the knowledge of native metals, l with the use of charcoal and the crucible for melting them; the copper axe and chisel; the shuttle and embryo loom cultivation by irrigation, causeways, reservoirs and irrigating canals paved roads osier suspension bridges personal gods, with a priesthood distinguished by a costume, and organized in a hierarchy; human sacrifices military democracies of the Aztec type ; woven fabrics of cotton and other vegetable fibre in the Western hemisphere, and of wool and flax in the Eastern; ornamental pottery; the sword of wood, with the edges pointed with flints polished flint and stone implements a knowledge of cotton and flax and the domestic animals.