27 terms

Midwest Region

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assembly line
factory system in which products such as cars are put together by many workers, who each perform a single task
bulk freighter
a large cargo ship used on the Great Lakes to carry loads such as iron ore, coal, and grain
flatboat
a cargo boat with a flat bottom and square end used on the rivers of the Midwest in the early 1800s
Great Migration
movement of thousands of African Americans from the South to the North in the early 20th century
Great Plains
huge grassland in central North America
Homestead Act
law passed in 1862 that granted 160 acres of land free to anyone who would live on it and farm it for five years
labor union
a group of workers who organize to bargain with employers for more pay and better working conditions
Louisiana Territory
area of land between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains purchased by the United States from France in 1803
porter
a railroad worker who performed a variety of services for passengers
prairie
a wide, level grassland
soddy
a house built of prairie sod by settlers on the Great Plains
steamboat
a boat powered by a steam engine
tipi
a cone-shaped shelter of animal hide used by the Native American peoples of the Great Plains
boundary
a line that marks the edge of a place like a state or nation
lock
the part of a canal in which the level of water can be changed by letting water in or out
mass-produce
to make lots and lots of the same thing, usually by machine
monument
a statue or building set up to honor a person or event
prehistoric
relating to the time before people began to record events in writing
spelunking
exploring caves
tradition
a way of doing things that is passed down from generation to generation
livestock
animals raised for meat, milk, hides, and other products
pampa
a grassland in South America
plain
a large area of flat land usually covered with grass
savanna
a grassland in a hot area near the Equator
steppe
a grassland in a very cold area
topsoil
the layer of soil on the surface of the ground
canal
a channel that is dug across land. Canals connect bodies of water so that ships can travel between them.