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chap. 10 us history

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alien laws acts passed by a federalist congress raising the residency requirement for citizenship to 14 years and granting the president the power to deport dangerous foreigners in times of peace.
assumption transfer of dept from one party to another. In order to strengthen the union, the federal government assumed states' revolutionary war debts in 1790, thereby tying the interests of wealthy lenders with those of the national government.
bank of the united states Chartered by Congress as part of Alexander Hamilton's financial program, the bank printed paper money and served as a depository for Treasury funds. It drew opposition from Jeffersonian Republicans, who argued that the bank was unconstitutional.
bill of rights Popular term for the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The amendments secure key rights for individuals and reserve to the states all powers not explicitly delegated or prohibited by the Constitution.
convention 0f 1800 Agreement to formally dissolve the United States' treaty with France, originally signed during the Revolutionary War.
excise tax Tax on goods produced donestically. Excise taxes, particularly the 1791 tax on whiskey, were a highly controversal component of Alexander Hamilton's financial program
battle of fallen timbers Decisive battle between the Miami confederacy and the U.S. Army. British forces refused to shelter the routed Indians, forcing the latter to attain a peace settlement with the United States.
farewell address George Washington's address at the end of his presidency, warning against "permanent alliances" with other nations.
funding at par Payment of debts, such as government bonds, at face value. In 1790, Alexander Hamilton proposed that the federal government pay its Revolutionary war debts in full in order to bolster the nation's credit.
jay's treaty the treaty included a British promise to evacuate outposts on U.S. soil, pay damages for seized American vessels, in exchange for which Jay bound the United States to repay pre-Revolutionary war debts, to abide by Britain's restrictive trading policies t
judiciary act of 1789 Organized the federal legal system, establishing the Supreme Court, federal district and circuit courts, and the office of the attorney general.
neutrality proclamation Issued by George Washington, it proclaimed America's formal neutrality in the escalating conflict between England and France, a statement that enraged pro-French Jeffersonians.
Pinckney's treaty Signed with Spain which, fearing an Anglo-American alliance, granted Americans free navigation of the Mississippi and the disputed territory of Florida.
reign of terror Ten-month period of brutal repression when some forty thousand individuals were executed as enemies of the French Revolution. While many Jeffersonians maintained their faith in the French Republic,
sedition act Enacted by the Federalist Congress in an effort to clamp down on Jeffersonian opposition, the law made anyone convicted of defaming government officials or interfering with government policies liable to imprisonment and a heavy fine.
tariff Tax levied on imports. Traditionally, manufacturers support tariffs as protective and revenue-raising measures, while agricultural interests, dependent on world markets, oppose high tariffs.
virginia and kentucky resolutions Statements secretly drafted by Jefferson and Madison for the legislatures of Kentucky and Virginia. Argued that states were the final arbiters of whether the federal government overstepped its boundaries and could therefore nullify, or refuse to accept, n
whiskey rebellion Popular uprising of whiskey distillers in southwestern Pennsylvania in opposition to an excise tax on whiskey. In a show of strength and resolve by the new central government, Washington put down the rebellion with militia drawn from several states.
xyz affair Diplomatic conflict between France and the United States when American envoys to France were asked to pay a hefty bribe for the privilege of meeting with the French foreign minister.
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