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02 - Expansion and the Antebellum United States Vocabulary

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annex
to take over; to make part of one's own land
antebellum
occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War
destiny
an unavoidable course of events; an outcome that will occur no matter what
economics
the study of production and business; the study of how money and value function and are distributed.
encroach
intrude on (a person's territory or a thing considered to be a right)
expansionism
the policy of supporting the growth of the geographical boundaries of the US
frontier
the extreme limit of settled land beyond which lies wilderness, especially referring to the western US before Pacific settlement.
homestead
a piece of land gained from United States public lands by living on and farming it; the act of gaining title to public land by living on and farming it
manifest
readily perceived by the senses and especially by the sight; easily understood or recognized by the mind.
market
an area or arena in which commercial dealings are conducted
spoils system
when a political leader rewards his supporters with jobs and benefits after winning an election
subsistence farming
producing food or goods for one's own consumption; usually related to farmers who live entirely off their own labor and produce
suffrage
the right to vote in political elections.
textile
cloth, fabric, especially woven or knit
trans-Mississippi
a common name of the geographic area west of the Mississippi River during the 19th century.
wage labor
the socioeconomic relationship between a worker and an employer, where the worker sells their work under a formal or informal employment contract, usually on an hourly basis.