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U.S. History- Ch. 2

Vocabulary

TermDefinition
backcountry land along a frontier
debtor person who cannot pay his or her debts
charter official document that gives certain rights to an individual or a group
town meeting a meeting in colonial New England during which settlers discussed voting issues
representative government political system in which voters elect others to make laws
toleration recognition that other people have the right to different opinions
pilgrim person who takes a journey for religious reasons
plantation large estate farmed by many workers
Habeas Corpus the right not to be held in prison without first being charged with a specific crime
Apprentice person who learns a trade or craft from a master
Racism belief that one race is superior or inferior to another
Dame school school run by a woman, usually in her own home
Bill of Rights written list of freedoms that a government promises to protect
Slave Code Laws that controlled enslaved African Americans; lives and denied them basic rights
natural rights rights that belong to every human being from birth
libel publishing of false statements that unjustly damage a person's reputation
Public School school supported by taxes
Freedom of the Press Right of newspapers and other public media to publish articles believed to be accurate
Gentry upper class of colonial society
Legislature Part of a government that makes laws
Created by: julie.acker