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Stamp Act (1765)

The Stamp Act was an act passed by the British Parliament in 1765 in order to collect revenue in the American colonies. The act upset many colonists, since it was passed without the colonists' consent...
grant, apply, colony, plantation, defray, defend, protect, secure, amend, more...
18 words

Quartering Act (1765)

The Quartering Act of 1765 was an act passed by British Parliament, which forced people in the US colonies to house and feed British soldiers during times of peace if there was no room in barracks....
magistrate, civil officer, majesty, dominion, default, absence, justice of the peace, inhabit, require, more...
33 words

The Dawes Act

The Dawes Act, or General Allotment Act of 1887, was a law that allowed the U.S. government to take Native American tribal lands and divide them into 40 acre lots for individual Native Americans. The...
allotment, reservation, hereafter, executive, survey, allot, embrace, pro rata, accordance, more...
51 words

The Emancipation Proclamation (1862)

To emancipate means to liberate or free someone. The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential order made by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862. It was a military order that freed any slave...
proclamation, issue, rebellion, executive, repress, respectively, faith, represent, congress, more...
28 words

The Dred Scott Decision (1857)

In March of 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney delivered the majority opinion in the Dred Scott Case. Scott, a slave, had been brought from a slave territory to a free territory and demanded his...
opinion, legislation, declaration, import, descendant, inferior, associate, social, bound, more...
25 words

The Atlantic Charter - Churchill/Roosevelt (1941)

In August 1941 the leaders of Britain and the United States signed the Atlantic Charter. This agreement outlined the goals of the two nations. It helped to shape the alliance that would defeat Nazi...
prime, minister, deem, principle, policy, aggrandizement, accord, sovereign, deprive, more...
26 words

Henry David Thoreau "Civil Disobedience" (1849)

Originally published as "On the Duty of Disobedience" and based on an 1848 lecture, Thoreau's work is a civil libertarian classic. Questioning the authority of all governments, Thoreau especially...
expedient, mode, consent, endeavor, posterity, integrity, vitality, din, enterprise, more...
91 words

James Madison: Federalist #10 (1787)

Following the Constitutional Convention in 1787, James Madison along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, published a series of essays supporting the new Constitution. Together these essays are...
faction, insurrection, numerous, tendency, fate, contemplate, propensity, vice, instability, more...
84 words
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