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US History Description Activity (pre-1900)

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US History Description Activity (pre-1900) Answer Key

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

1. 
Branch of government that explains and interprets laws.
  • Judicial Branch
2. 
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.
  • Era of Good Feelings
3. 
Controversial 1854 legislation that opened Kansas and Nebraska to white settlement, repealed the Compromise of 1820, and led opponents to form the Republican party.
  • Kansas - Nebraska Act
4. 
An 1809 statute which forbade trade with Britain, France, and their possessions, but reopened trade with other countries.
  • Non-Intercourse Act
5. 
Laws passed by Southern state legislatures during Reconstruction that limited the rights of former slaves.
  • Black Codes
6. 
The British practice of seizing seamen from American merchant ships and forcing them to serve in the British navy.
  • Impressment
7. 
Those Americans who opposed the ratification of the Constitution in 1787.
  • Anti-Federalists
8. 
Guarantees freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; the right to assemble peacefully; and the right to petition the government.
  • 1st Amendment
9. 
The view that the national government's powers are not limited to those stated explicitly in the U.S. Constitution.
  • Implied Powers
10. 
An anti-foreign, anti-Catholic political party that arose following massive Irish and Catholic immigration during the late 1840s.
  • The Know Nothing Party

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