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History Vocab Test

3/20/14

TermDefinition
Trail of Tears The journey of the Cherokee people from their homeland to Indian Territory between 1838 and 1839; thousands of Cherokees died
Three Fifths Compromise The Constitutional Convention's agreement to count three-fifths of a states slaves as population for purpose of representation and taxation
Great Compromise The Constitutional Convention's agreement to establish a two-house national legislature with all states having equal representation in one house and each state having representation based on its population in the other house.
Crispus Attucks One of the colonial's victims of the Boston Massacre shot by a British soldier in 1770
1620 The year of the arrival of the Pilgrims to the Massachusetts coast and signing of the Mayflower Compact
Platform -A statement of principles and policies, esp. of a political party -Two main political parties will put forth their own ideas about governing the country
1836 Year Texas became an independent nation, the Lone Star Republic; Sam Houston was elected president
John Wilkes Booth The confederate supporter that shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, while he was attending a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. in 1865
Harriet Tubman One of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad. She made 19 journeys to free enslaved persons
Middle Passage The middle leg of the triangular trade route- the voyage from Africa to the Americas- that brought captured Africans into slavery
Samuel F. B. Morse Invented the telegraph in 1837. The telegraphs translated letters into messages by a series of long and short pulses of electricity along a wire which unified the nation
Fugitive Slave Law An 1850 law to help slaveholders recapture runaway slaves
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo The 1848 treaty ending the U.S. war with Mexico; Mexico ceded nearly one-half of its land to the U.S.
1783 The year the Treaty of Paris was signed which ended the American Revolution
American System -A plan introduced in 1815 to make the U.S. economically self-sufficient -There were three parts to this plan including to establish a protective tariff, establish a national bank, and improve the country's transportation system
Appomattox Court House The Virginia town where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, ending the Civil War
Battles of Saratoga A series of conflicts between British soldiers and the Continental Army in 1777 that proved to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War
Blockade When armed forces prevent the transportation of goods or people into or out of an area
1781 The Battle of Yorktown was fought in the year which was the last battle of the American Revolution
Abolition The movement to end slavery
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