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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

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)

The pivotal document of the Civil War, this proclamation freed the slaves and opened a new chapter in the nation's history. To emancipate means to liberate or free someone. The Emancipation...
proclamation, issue, rebellion, executive, repress, respectively, faith, represent, congress, more...
28 words

The Dred Scott Decision (1857)

Vocabulary from this pro-slavery Supreme Court decision illuminates how it brought the nation to the brink of the Civil War. In March of 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney delivered the majority...
opinion, legislation, declaration, import, descendant, inferior, associate, social, bound, more...
25 words

The Atlantic Charter - Churchill/Roosevelt (1941)

The alliance between the U.S. and the U.K. in World War II was forged by this document. Understand the words that went into it.
prime, minister, deem, principle, policy, aggrandizement, accord, sovereign, deprive, more...
26 words
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