Humans first began communicating through writing about 3500 BC, in the area of the Middle East. There’s no way to overstate the importance of writing to our cultures — it completely transformed the way people formulate new and ideas and share them with others. Some documents proclaimed new rights for humankind, while others started or ended terrible bloody wars. In this quiz, do you think you can name the famous documents from a short description?
You probably already know the world-famous document that President Abraham Lincoln signed in order to kill off the practice of slavery in the United States. But did you know that President Thomas Jefferson had signed the Act of 1807, which was meant to end the import of slaves to America? Both documents are important, but only the former has earned near-universal recognition. Do you know other important documents related to human rights?
Many treaties manage to end wars, but not many also start new wars, too. That’s exactly what happened with a famous treaty that was signed in France early in the 20th century. Do you know the name of this famous — and infamous — treaty, which may have cost millions of people their lives?
In 1920, the historic 20th Amendment overhauled American politics. For the first time ever, women had the right to vote. Their participation in the election process would eventually change the country in profound ways.
Dive into the calligraphy and dusty pages of these amazing documents in history. Try this famous documents quiz now!