Martin Luther King, Jr.

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segregation
Separation of people based on racial, ethnic, or other differences
racism
Belief that one race is superior to another
desegration
the ending of segregation (separation) by race
integration
a situation in which different groups can be together, live together and use the same facilities
retaliation
Revenge, try to hurt someone
proclamation
declaration, statement
Emancipation Proclamation
Issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862 it declared that all slaves in the confederate states would be free
abolitionist
A person who wanted to end slavery in the United States
discrimination
Behaving differently, usually unfairly, toward the members of a group; a negative action toward a social group or its members because of a specific characteristic (such as as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation)
nonviolence resistance
a theory and practice that emphasizes love and a refusal to respond to violence with violence
unconstitutional
Not allowed under the constitution
boycott
an organized popular protest. To boycott is to not use or buy a product or service in order to show support for a cause
slavery
The ownership and control of other people as property
abolish
to put an end to
Civil Rights Movement
a social movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s, in which people organized to demand equal rights for African Americans and other minorities. People worked together to change unfair laws. They gave speeches, marched in the streets, and participated in boycotts.
Confederate States
the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
secede
To leave or withdraw
Union States
the North, opposed slavery
Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, California, Oregon, Kansas
creed
A formal statement of religious belief or confession of faith.
The American Civil War
A war in the US between 1861 and 1865. Abraham Lincoln
amendment
A change in, or addition to, a constitution or law
Constitution
The fundamental law of the United States, written in Philadelphia in 1787, ratified in 1788, and put into effect in 1789.
ratify
(v.) to approve, give formal approval to, confirm
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