Glossary Of Terms

COMING SOON definitions for some of the important terms, events, and historical context you might come across when using our site.

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19th Amendment

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A

American Exceptionalism

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Annexation

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Anti-Miscegenation

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Assimilation

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B

Barnstorming

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Boarding Schools

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Boston Marriages

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C

Carlisle Indian School

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Chicago Defender

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The Chicago Defender is a Chicago-based online newspaper. The Defender was founded in 1905 by Robert S. Abbott for primarily African-American readers. Historically, it is considered the “most important” paper of what was then known as the colored or Negro press.

Chinese Exclusion Act

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Colorism

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Eugenics

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F

Feminism

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G

Gilded Age

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Gold Rush

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Great Depression

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Great Migration

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The Great Migration, sometimes known as the Great Northward Migration or the Black Migration, was the movement of 6 million African Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West that occurred between 1916 and 1970.

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Harlem Renaissance

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Haymarket Affair

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Hollywood

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Homophobia

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Hull House

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Industrial Revolution

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J

Jim Crow

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Juan Crow or Jaime Crow

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K

Ku Klux Klan

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The Ku Klux Klan commonly called the KKK or the Klan, is an American white supremacist hate group, whose primary target is African Americans. The Klan has existed in three distinct eras at different points in time during the history of the United States. Each has advocated extremist reactionary positions such as white nationalism, anti-immigration and—especially in later iterations—Nordicism and anti-Catholicism. Historically, the first Klan used terrorism – both physical assault and murder – against politically active blacks and their allies in the South in the late 1860s, until it was suppressed around 1872.

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Lynching

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M

Manifest Destiny

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Mexican Revolution

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Muckraking Journalism

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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National Association of Colored Women

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Native American Reservations

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New Deal

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Plessy vs. Ferguson

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Plural Marriage or Polygamy

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Pogroms

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Progressive Era

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Public Schools

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Racism

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San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

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Scientific Management

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Segregation

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Settlement Movement

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Sex Trafficking

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Sharecropping

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Sheppard-Towner Act

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Silent Films

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Social Security Act

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Socialism

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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U

Unions & Labor Organizing

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Uprising of the 20,000

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V

Voting Rights Act of 1965

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W

Women’s Colleges

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Women’s Suffrage

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World War I

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World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.

World War II

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