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My ABC Book of U.S History. Whitney Michaelis 5-12-11 6 th. A. Annex- to add territory to one’s own territory. Abolitionist- a person who strongly favors doing away with slavery. Abstain- to not take part in some activity, such as voting. B.

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My abc book of u s history

My ABC Book of U.S History

Whitney Michaelis




Annex- to add territory to one’s own territory .

Abolitionist- a person who strongly favors doing away with slavery.

Abstain- to not take part in some activity, such as voting.


Bond-a note issued by the government which promises to pay off a loan with interest.

Boomtown- a community experiencing a sudden growth in business or population.

Burgesses-elected representatives to an assembly


Cede-to give up by treaty.

Cabinet-a group of advisers to the president.

Cash Crops-farm crop raised to be solid for money.


Desert-to leave without permission

Debtor-person or country that owns money.

Decree-an order or decision given by one in auythority


Export- to sell goods aboard.

Embargo- an order prohibiting trade with other countries.

Emigrant-a person who leaves there country or region to live else where.


Frigate-war ship.

Famine-an extreme shortage of food.

Free man- a person freed from slavery.


Global warming- a steady increased in average world temperatures.

Genocide-the destruction of areca or cultural group.

Guerrilla tactics-referring to surplice attacks or raid rather then organized war fare


Horizontal integration- the combining of competing firms into one corporation.

Habeas corpus- a legal order from an inquiry to determined whether a person has been lawfully imprisoned.

Holocaust- the name given to the mass slaughter of Jews and other groups by the Nazis during world war 2.


Ironclad- armored naval vessel.

Import- to buy goods from foreign markets.

Impressments-forcing people into the navy.


Judicial review-the right to supreme court to determine if a law violates the constution .

Joint occupation- the possession and settling of an area shaded by two or more countries.

Judicial branch-the branch of government including the federal court system that interprets the nation laws.


Knox Henry- secretary of war.

Kansas bleeding Kansa

Kentucky-civil war


Lynching-putting to death a person by the illegal action of a mod.

Landslide-an over whelming victory.

Legislative branch-the branch of government that makes the nations laws .


Majority- more then half.

Maize- an early from of corn grown by the Native Americans.

Martuyr- a person who sacrifices his or her life for a principle or cause.


Nullify- to cancel or make ineffective.

Neutral- taking no side of a conflict.

Neutral rights-the right to sail the sea and not take sides in a war.


Override- to over turn or defeat as a bill proposed in congress.

Offensive-position of attacking or the attacked.

Ordinance-a law or regulation.


Precedent-a tradition.

Privateer- armed private ship.

Prejudice- an unfair opinion


Quechua-incan language.

Quakers- antislavery movement and women's right to vote.

Quebec Act- passed shortly after the coercive act


Ratify- to give official approval to.

Radical- extreme.

Ranchero- Mexican ranch owner.


Suffrage- the right to vote.

Secede- to leave or withdraw.

Secession- withdraw from union.


Tribute-money paid for protection.

Tariff- a tax on imports or export.

Tide water-a region of flat, low-lying plains along the sea coast.


Unalienable rights- a right that can not be surrendered.

Underground railroad- a system that helped enslaved African Americans follow a new network of escape routes out of the south and freedom to the north.

Unconstituonal- not agreeing or consistent.


  • Veto-to reject a bill and prevent it from becoming a law.

Vaquero- Hispanic ranch hand.

Vigilantes- people who take the law into their own hands.


War Hawks- republicans during Madison's presidency who pressed for war with Britain.

Whitney, Eli- cotton gin.

Washington, George- the first president.


XYZ affair- the incident became the XYZ affair.


Yeoman-southern owner of a small farm who did not have enslaved.

Yankee-Union soldier.

Yellow journalism- a type of sensational, bia


John Peter Zenger- from New York weekly journal faced changes of libel for printing a critical report about the royal government of New York.