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westward expedition

TermDefinition
manifest destiny the belief that it was the will of god that the U.S. expand its boarders to the Pacific Coast
annex to add on such as adding territory to an existing town, city, state
skirmish a minor, short-term battle
states' rights the belief that a states interests of the national government
abolition the movement to do away with something, particularly slavery in the 1800's
missouri compromise legislation passed by congress in 1820 by which Maine entered the union as a free state, missouri entered the union as a slave state, and slavery was prohibited north of the southern boarder of missouri
kansas nebraska act legislation that created the territories of kansas and nebraska and that contained a clause on popular sovereignty that negated the compromise of 1850
popular sovereignty the ability of the residents of an area to decide upon an issue, such as whether they would allow slavery
oversee a person hired to manage slaves on a daily basis
sectionalism the belief by the people in a given region or area that their ideas and interests are better and more important than those of another region or area
underground railroad a series of roads, houses, river crossings and people who helped southern slaves escape to the north or canada
slave codes laws enacted in the south that took away nearly all the rights of slaves by regulaing their actions
arsenal an arms store house
rebulican party political party formed in 1854 to oppose slaver
platform a statement of the principles and policies a political party supporters
secession the act of pulling out the union
confederate states of america the name given to the govenment formed by the southern states that seceded from the union in the early 1860's
Created by: smileyk