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Topic 4 Vocab Review
Topic 4 Vocab Review
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being a member of a country and having full rights and responsibilities under that country's laws.
a way of becoming a U.S. citizen; must be 18 years old, been a permanent resident of US for 5 years, good character, speak English, pass civics test and an interview
Oath of Allegiance:
final step in the naturalization process; swearing loyalty to the US and our Constitution
Act of betraying your country, and the US Constitution makes this crime punishable by death
feeling of a deep bond with your country
July 4, 1776; day the Declaration of Independence was signed and American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain
Bill of Rights
first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution; lists important rights that are guaranteed to all people in the US- not just citizens
Selective Service System
agency that is authorized to call up citizens (males b/w 18-26 years old) to serve in the armed forces during a time of national emergency.
1868, overruled Dred Scott v. Sandford, giving citizenship to African Americans.
1870, gives African Americans the right to vote
1920, allows women to vote
1970, voting age lowered to 18 from 21
count of every person in our country; our gov'ts way of keeping track of our population; happens every ten years
the number of a members a state gets in the House of Representatives
an organization with thousands of people who work daily to complete the huge task of counting each person living in the U.S.
process of distributing the House's 435 seats among the states
redistribution of seats based off the representation ratio
helps ensure that each representative represents roughly the same number of people per state; today each rep in the House represents a little more than 747,000 people
hired by the Census Bureau to help ensure an accurate count of the number of people in the country
the study of the characteristics of human populations (ethnic background, number of kids)
the annual number of live births per 1,000 members of a population
annual number of deaths per 1,000 members of a country's population
movement of large numbers of people from region to region
people who came here from other countries, entered the nation (the pot) and adopted American customs and blended into American society
is when cultures and cultural differences coexist.
can be applied to some of ethnic groups that reside in the United States
is the idea that various groups should be respected
or a specific number, of immigrants from certain countries or regions who were allowed to enter the country each year
or people who are permanent residents of the U.S. but are still citizens of another country
If are born in any U.S. state or territory, you are an American citizen.
is the legal process by which an alien may become a citizen.
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