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In History
  • Freeport Doctrine

    The doctrine created by Stephen Douglas that stated that slavery could be excluded from territories of the United States by local legislation as a result of the Dred Scott decision.
  • Crittenden Amendments

    A proposal to the Constitution by Senator John J. Crittenden to avert the Civil War during the winter of 1860-1861 through six constitutional amendments. Senator John J. Crittenden, a Kentucky Whig and disciple of Henry Clay, proposed six constitutional amendments and four resolutions. Thought that salver supporters should be guarenteed full rights in the southern territiories, regardless of the wishes of the majority through popular sovernty.
  • Constitutional Union Party

    A party created in the Unied States that consisted of former Whigs and "Know Nothings" who wanted to avoid secession over the issue of slavery. They also nominated John Bell of Tenessee as President.
  • Picketts Charge

    On the last day of battle during the Battle of Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee ordered that his men would be fighting on foot against George Meade's Union army. The Union had tricked the Confederates into believing that they had no more ammunition. Most of Charles Pickett's men who charged up the hill received a barrage of bullets and were either killed or captured.
  • The Gettysburg Address

    A speech given by Abraham Lincoln that was addressed to the fallen Union soldiers in honor of their service to the country during the Battle of Gettysburg. The site of this speech was Soldiers' National Cemetary where approximately 50,000 soldiers died.
  • The Grange

    The Patrons of Husbandry, also known as the Grange, was founded in 1867 to advance agriculture and help the social and economic needs of the farmers in the United States. They realized the corruption that was taking over the country, and fought to reglate the railroad costs in order to benefit everyone. Their motto "I pay for all", means that the farmer is the central character upon which all society relies. They also gave their support to Greenback Party, the Populist Party, and Progressives.
  • Tenure of Office Act

    The Tenure of Office Act was the initial step in Congress to veto what a president decides. This act was first used on Johnson in order to impeach him for "high crimes and misdemenors". The Act itself was a United States federal law that restricted the power of the President of the United States to remove certain office-holders without the approval of the Senate.
  • The Purchase of Alaska

    Sold by Russia, the United States decided to purchase what is now known as Alaska as a result of fear of another war with Britian. If another war were to happen, North America realized that they would probably lose their defenselss northern province to the British. Russia on the other hand was very eager to get rid of their "frozen asset" on the Americans.
  • Transcontinental Railroad

    This was a railroad built by immigrants that extended throughout all of the United States. The Central Pacific Railroad Company would start building in Sacramento and continue east across the Sierra Nevada, while the Union Pacific Railroad, would build westward from the Missouri River. Then, they would meet in the middle and each company would then receive 6,400 acres of land and $48,000 in government bonds for every mile built. The railroad built for competition between the two companies.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    The Chinese Exclusion Act was the first act put in place concerning immigration. Passed by Congress and signed by President Chester A. Arthur, this act lasted until 1943 and was a 10-yr prevention on Chinese labor immigration. Although the Chinese composed of a small percent of the nation’s population, Congress passed the exclusion act in response to concerns about maintaining white “racial purity.” The act showed that Chinese here could stay, but not be let back in if they left for vacation.
  • Haymarket Square Riot

    A labor protest rally that turned into a riot when someone threw a bomb at police. Nearly eight people died and eight radical labor activists were convicted. Those convicted were viewed to the public as martyrs. This riot was viewed a setback for the organized labor movement in America, which was fighting for workers rights.
  • Interstate Commerce Act

    The Interstate Commerce Act was passed by Congress in 1887 and required railroads to publish rates publically and prevented pools. This was an agreement by railroads to divide the business in a given area and share the profits. As a result they set up Interstate Commerce Commision. This was controversial however, because it was one of the first attempts by the federal government to regulate business in favor of individual interests.
  • Muckrakers

    Journalists and writers of the Progressive era that dug deep to write about the dirt that the public would love to read. This was exceptionally biased and decided the reader's views. These writers were reform-minded and were given the name "muckraker" by Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Elkins Act

    Beginning with the effective railroad legislation that was addressed at the rebate evil: the fact that heavy fines were now imposed on both the railroads that gave rebates and the shippers that accepted them. This was the first time that the comission was given real molars when it was authorized to nullify the existing rates and stipulate maximum rates (on complaint of shippers).
  • Muller V. Oregon

    A case in which attorney Louis D. Brandeis persuaded the Supreme Court to accept the constitutionality of laws protecting women workers. He did this by presenting evidence of the harmful effects of factory labor on women's weaker bodies. Many progressives at the time put Brandeis's achievements over the existing legal documents
  • Imperialism

    When a country extends its power by the aquisition of territory and sometimes expoitation.
  • Federal Reserve Act

    The most important piece of legislation between the Civil War and the New Deal.
  • Tampiko Incident

    It began as an incident involving U.S. sailors and Mexican land forces loyal to Mexican dictator during the guerra de las facciones phase of the Mexican Revolution. A misunderstanding occurred, but then led into a breakdown of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The United States then invaded Veracruz, occupying it for more than six months.
  • The Sinking of the Lusitania

    The Lusitania was a British passenger ship that the Biritish sunk with one of their submarines. It was sunk off the coast of Ireland and nearly 1,200 people died including 128 Americans. The Germans justified the sinking of the ship because it was carrying 4200 cases of amunition.