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US History Vocabulary

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Push pull factor
Events that force people to move
Pacific railway
law passed giving large land grants to the railroads
Morrill land grant act
law that passed large areas of land for agricultural colleges
Land speculators
person who buys up large areas of land
Homestead act
law that gave 160 acres to people who fit the conditions
Exodusters
an african American who migrated to the west after civil war
Great plains
plain between Mississippi river and Rocky's
Nomads
wanderer
Reservations
federal land set aside for Native Americans
Battle of little big horn
Sioux victory over troops led by George Custard
Ghost dance
A native American purification ritual
Massacre at wounded knee
a shooting of unarmed Sioux by U.S. troops
Assimilation
becomming part of something
Dawes act
law that divided reservation land into family plots
Sooners
people who illegally claimed land
Placer mining
mining by putting dirt in a box and finding gold
Soddie
a home made of grass
Dry farming
technique used to grow crops in dry areas
Bonanza farms
farm controlled by large businesses
Stereotype
an exaggeration of oversampled reality over another peoples
Money supply
the amount of money in the national supply
Deflation
a drop in the prices of goods
Monetary policy
the governments policy to fix the dept
Bimetallic standard
currency of the United States prior to 1873
Free silver
the unlimited coining of silver dollars
Bland Allison act
law that required the purchase and coining of more silver
Sherman silver purchase act
law passed in congress to increase the amount of silver the government was to purchase
Populists
follower of the populist part