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abolitionists a person who supported abolition, or the ending of slavery
Seneca Falls Convention the gathering of supporters of women’s rights in July 1848 that launched the movement for women’s right to vote
Declaration of Sentiments a formal statement of injustices suffered by women, written by the organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention. Sentiments means “beliefs” or “convictions.”
intution to know or understand based on feeling, not facts
transcendentalism a philosophy emphasizing that people should transcend, or go beyond, logical thinking to reach true understanding, with the help of emotions and intuition
reform to make change in order to bring about improvement, end abuses, or correct injustices
Ralph Waldo Emerson transcendentalist who wrote "Self Reliance" ; stressed the importance of the individual and, encouraged people to rrely on their own judgement
Henry David Thoreau transcendentalist who urged simple and honest approach to life Wrote “ Walden” about living by self for a year
Liberator abolitionist newspaper published by William Lloyd Garrison
cotton gin a hand-operated machine that cleans seeds and other unwanted material from cotton; created in 1791 by Eli Whitney
plantation a large area of privately owned land where crops were grown through the labor of workers who lived on the land
industrial revolution the dramatic change in economies and cultures brought about by the use of machines to do work formerly done by hand
agrarians person who favors an agricultural way of life and government policies that support agricultural interests; preferred way of life in South
immigrants person who moves from one country to another. Such a movement is called immigration; those who came between 1845-1860 were less educated, less likely to speak English, and more diverse than previous immigrants
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