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Chapter 11 Flashcards

By:Devon Miller
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Town Meeting
A government of only men from the town by an assembly of the qualified voters
militia
civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
delegate
A male member of the assembly
John Peter Zenger
A New York editor whose trial for seditious libel backfired on the government; the jury found that truth was a defense for libel.
assembly
a public facility to meet for open discussion of only men
Phillis Wheatley
American poet (born in Africa) who was the first recognized Black writer in America (1753-1784)
Andrew Hamilton
Defense attorney in the Zenger case who made the first step toward freedom of the press
liberty
freedom of choice
rebel
a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
stamp act
an act passed by the British parliment in 1756 that raised revenue from the American colonies by a duty in the form of a stamp required on all newspapers and legal or commercial documents
treason
an act of deliberate betrayal
sons of liberty
Secret societies formed to protest new taxes passed by Parliament. Led the Boston Tea Party and threatened tax collectors.
repeal
the act of abrogating
townshed acts
taxed goods such as glass, paper, paint, lead, and tea. taxes were low but colonists still objected
boycott
a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
commities of correspondance
made sure that each colonie knew about events and opinions in the other colonies
boston tea party
demonstration (1773) by citizens of Boston who (disguised as Indians) raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor
intolerable acts
A series of laws set up by Parliament to punish Massachusetts for its protests against the British
patrick henry
a leader of the American Revolution and a famous orator who spoke out against British rule of the American colonies (1736-1799)
crispus attucks
Killed in Boston Massacre, black laborer, only African-American person killed in Boston Massacre