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Social Studies vocab


Underground Railroad A network of people who secretly helped slaves run away and reach freedom in the Northern states or Canada
Sectionalism Loyalty to a state or section of the country rather than the whole nation
Popular Sovereignty The idea that people hold the final authority in government, thus each territory should be allowed to vote on whether to allow slavery or not
Secede To withdraw from membership in a group or nation
Fugitive A runaway
Harriet Beecher Stowe Abolitionist author of teh novel Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin Popular novel from the 1850's that showed the evils of slavery and the injustice of the fugitive slave law
Propaganda False or misleading information that is spread to help the cause
Republican Party Political party whose main goal was to stop the spread of slavery to the western territories
Civil War War between people of the same country, in the U.S. it was a war between the Northern and Southern states from 1861-1865
Discrmination Policy or attitude that denies equal rights to certain groups of people
Slave Codes Laws passed in the South to keep slaves from running away or rebelling
Industrial Revolution Change in American society in the late 1700's - early 1800's that focused on new ways to produce goods
Cotton Gin Machine invented by Eli Whitney that could clean seeds from cotton 50x faster then by hand
Erie Canal A canal built in New York in 1825 that linked the Great Lakes with the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers and Atlantic Ocean
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