This printable supports Common Core ELA Standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4 and can be used to review important American History events and the people who shaped them.

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US History Description Activity (pre-1900) (Grades 11-12)

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US History Description Activity (pre-1900)

Instructions: Identify the person, place, event, or era that each definition is describing.

Branch of government that explains and interprets laws.

Phrase used to describe the years following the War of 1812, when one party, the Jeffersonian Republicans, dominated politics, and a spirit of nationalism characterized public policy.

Controversial 1854 legislation that opened Kansas and Nebraska to white settlement, repealed the Compromise of 1820, and led opponents to form the Republican party.

An 1809 statute which forbade trade with Britain, France, and their possessions, but reopened trade with other countries.

Laws passed by Southern state legislatures during Reconstruction that limited the rights of former slaves.

The British practice of seizing seamen from American merchant ships and forcing them to serve in the British navy.

Those Americans who opposed the ratification of the Constitution in 1787.

Guarantees freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; the right to assemble peacefully; and the right to petition the government.

The view that the national government's powers are not limited to those stated explicitly in the U.S. Constitution.

An anti-foreign, anti-Catholic political party that arose following massive Irish and Catholic immigration during the late 1840s.

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