Wikijunior:Introduction to History/Banding together/Work and farming

There was seldom enough food to go around, a problem made worse by war, disease, insects, and drought. Still, farming could support many more people than hunting, and the number of people grew rapidly all over the earth, until it soon reached the limit that farming could support. Many of these farming people, of all races and in all lands, captured slaves in battle and forced them to work the land. Life was hard. The men must plow and sow and reap. A woman's life was even harder, spinning, weaving, sewing, preparing the food, and looking after the children. There was a saying, "A man must work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done." The children had to work, too, and many children died young. A woman would often have a dozen children, and many women died giving birth.