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U.S Vocab Ch.4

Term Definition
Stamp Act A 1765 law in which Parliament established the first direct taxation of goods and services within the British colonies in North America
Townshend Acts A series of laws enacted by Parliament in 1767, establishing indirect taxes on goods imported from Britain by the British colonies in North America.
committees of correspondence One of the groups set up by American colonists to exchange information about British threats to their liberties.
Boston Tea Party The dumping of 18,000 pounds of tea into Boston harbor by colonists in 1773 to protest the Tea Act.
Intolerable Acts A series of laws enacted by Parliament in 1774 to punish Massachusetts colonists for the Boston Tea Party.
martial law Temporary rule by military rather than civilian authority.
minutemen Patriot civilian soldiers just before and during the Revolutionary War, pledged to be ready to fight at a minute’s notice.
Second Continental Congress The Continental Congress that convened in May 1775, approved the Declaration of Independence, and served as the only agency of the national government during the Revolutionary War.
Common Sense A pamphlet by Thomas paine, published in 1776, that called for separation of the colonies from Britain.
Declaration of Independence The document, written by Thomas Jefferson in 1776, in which the delegates of the Continental Congress declared the colonies’ independence from Britain.
Patriots Colonists who supported American independence from Britain.
Loyalists Colonists who supported the British government during the American Revolution.
inflation An increase in prices or decline in purchasing power caused by an increase in the supply of money.
profiteering The selling of goods in short supply at inflated prices.
Treaty of Paris The treaty that ended the Revolutionary War, confirming the independence of the United States and setting the boundaries of the new nation.
egalitarianism The belief that all people should have equal political, economic, social, and civil rights.
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