An article of personal or movable property; hence a term applied to slaves, since they were considered the personal property of their owners.
The confirmation or validation of an act (such as a constitution) by authoritative approval.
bill of rights
A list of fundamental freedoms assured to be the central to society.
Those who buy property, goods, or financial instruments not primarily for use but in anticipation of profitable resale after a general rise in value.
In America, a surveyed territory six miles square; the term also refers to a unit of local government, smaller than a county, that is often based on these survery units.
To separate an official state church from its connection with the government.
Setting free from servitude or slavery.
An advocate of the end of slavery.
In American government, an organized political entity not yet enjoying the fill an equal status of a state.
To make a smaller territory or political unit part of a larger one.
A demand for something issued on the basis of public authority.
Depriving someone of the right to redeem mortgaged property because the legal payments on the loan have not been kept up.
The minimum number of persons who must be present in a group before it can conduct valid business.
The theory that formal government is unnecessary and wrong in principle; the term is generally used for lawlessness or antigovernmental disorder
Referring to a legislative body with two houses
Referring to a legislative body with one house