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American Revolution

Pearson Academic Vocabulary

nonimportation agreements colonial consumer boycotts of British exports as a response to taxes passed by Parliament
Committees of Correspondence organizations in each of the American colonies created to keep colonists abreast of developments with the British; served as powerful molders of public opinion against the British
salutary neglect an English policy of relaxing the enforcement of regulations in its colonies in return for the colonies' continued economic loyalty
militia a group of civilians trained to fight in emergencies
natural rights the idea that all humans are born with rights, which include the right to life, liberty, and property
republic a form of government in which the people select representatives to govern them and make laws.
minutemen members of a militia during the American Revolution who could be ready to fight in a moment's notice
mercenary a professional soldier hired by a foreign army
manumission a grant of legal freedom to an individual slave.
evict to force out of property by taking legal action.
gallant brave and noble
restrain to hold back; to keep under control; to limit; to draw tight by force
autonomy self-governing; having independence or freedom
assault an attempt to injure; a violent physical attack
denounce to publicly declare to be wrong or evil; to inform against something or someone
evade to elude or avoid by cunning; to flee from a pursuer
virtual implied existence; being in practice or effect, though not in actual fact
disperse to scatter, spread far and wide; move in different directions
stereotype a generalized (sometimes accurate but often overgeneralized) belief about a group of people
stockpile a large supply of something that is kept to be used in the future if necessary
unalienable unable to be taken away
ally a nation that joins another nation in some common effort, such as winning a war
escalate to elevate; to increase in intensity, making it worse or more severe
frustrated feeling annoyed and upset because you cannot do something you are trying to do
misguided to lead astray with values or goals that are wrong or improper
virtuous having or showing high moral standards; honest
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