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Lee Surrenders to Grant (1865)

On April 9, 1865, after a final battle that failed to break through Union forces, Robert E. Lee surrendered at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia. As a brigadier general and secretary to Ulysses...
correspondence, toilsome, improvise, provisions, effusion, reciprocate, scant, conspicuous, apprehensive, more...
40 words

"The Declaration of Independence" (1776)

The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, with a preamble by John Adams and editing by Benjamin...
dissolve, unalienable, abolish, transient, usurpation, sufferance, tyranny, assent, relinquish, more...
30 words

"The Declaration of Sentiments" (1848)

The Declaration of Sentiments was presented in July 1848 at the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. Composed by the abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, it deliberately echoes the...
impel, inalienable, prudence, sufferance, usurpation, compel, degraded, franchise, impunity, more...
30 words

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948 to reflect the commitment of the international community to prevent any repeat of the atrocities...
inalienable, barbarous, recourse, strive, dignity, distinction, servitude, degrading, incitement, more...
30 words

Vocabulary from "John L. O'Sullivan on 'Manifest Destiny' " from 1839

John L O'Sullivan, the columnist who coined the term "Manifest Destiny," puts forward the case for The United States as the chosen nation. O' Sullivan contrasts nations with bloody histories which...
antiquity, contrary, annals, proportionate, refinement, deplore, carnage, dupe, aspirant, more...
25 words

"Common Sense," Vocabulary from the pamphlet

As you read Thomas Paine's ?Common Sense? (etext found here ), learn this word list of 50 words.
formidable, injudicious, extirpate, confound, intolerable, supersede, impregnable, remissness, farcical, more...
50 words

Ten Words from New York Times History - Japan Surrenders - August 14, 1945

From Japan Told to Order End of Hostilities, Notify Allied Supreme Commander and Send Emissaries to Him .
intact, capitulation, prescribe, arduous, subsequent, scale, obliterate, hideous, fortitude, more...
10 words

Ten Words from New York Times History - The Kitchen Debate - July 24, 1959

From Nixon and Khrushchev Argue In Public As U.S. Exhibit Opens; Accuse Each Other Of Threats , the story of the "kitchen debates," from July 24, 1959.
ultimatum, exposition, stalemate, straightforward, corps, rhetorical, discrimination, universal, articulate, more...
10 words
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