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EOC Ch. 16

Life at the Turn of the 20th Century

TermDefinition
Louis Sullivan man who designed the first skyscraper
Frederick Law Olmstead spurred a movement to create planned urban parks in American cities
Orville and Wilbur Wright brothers who designed, built, and flew the first working airplane
George Eastman invented a more easily portable, film-based camera
Booker T. Washington founded the Tuskegee Institute; believed that vocational education of African Americans would later foster their full inclusion in American life
W.E.B. DuBois believed that educated African Americans should demand and receive full civil rights as their due
Ida Wells reporter and editor who pointed out and decried lynching in America as a means to terrorize African Americans
poll tax an annual tax that had to be paid before qualifying to vote; often had the effect of disenfranchising poor black citizens
grandfather clause law the Southern white power structure used to keep blacks from voting; said that no one could vote whose grandfather had not been eligible to vote before Jan. 1, 1867
segregation practice of separating white and black people in public and private facilities
Jim Crow laws laws designed to segregate white and black people
Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case ruling that separation of races in public accomodations was constitutional if "equal" facilities were provided for each race
debt peonage a system binding laborers into slavery in order to pay off a debt to an employer
Mark Twain individual often referred to as America's first truly American author because of his distinctive style
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