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Suffrage
the right to vote
cede
to give up
annex
to add or attach or Take Over
majority
The candidate or party that wins more than half the votes cast in an election.
states' rights
the right of states to limit the power of the federal government
forty-niners
80,000 people who went to California looking for Gold (They left in 1849)
Caucus
A private meeting often a political one
Spoils System
the practice of a successful political party giving public office to its supporters.
Manifest Destiny
1800s belief that Americans had the right to spread across the continent.
Dictator
a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained power by force.
nominating convention
large meetings of party delegates to choose candidates for office
siege
military blockade or bombardment of an enemy town or position in order to force it to surrender