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Unit #6- The American Revolution

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revolution

the overthrow of one government and its replacement with another

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independence

gaining freedom from another country and becoming your own country

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militia

units of soldiers that began in towns and villages

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petition

a written request or complaint to an authority

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mercenary

a soldier who works for pay in the army of a foreign government.

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public opinion

the point of view held by most people

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Declaration of Indiependence

the document in which the colonists officially declared their independence from Britain

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natural rights

individual right the Founders thought all people should have in any society

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power

the ability to control or influence others

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authority

the right to use power or to influence or control others

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representative government

a form of democracy where people choose representatives to make decisions for them

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limited government

the government can only do what the people have given it the power to do

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government by consent

people have to agree to be governed

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right to petition

the right to issue a written request or complaint to an authority

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freedom of assembly

the right to meet others

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popular sovereignty

the power and authority of the government comes from the people

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equality

equal treatment and equal protection

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grievances

complaints

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unalienable rights

rights that cannot be taken away

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advantage

a positive and helpful factor

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disadvantage

a negative factor that causes probems

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historical empathy

trying to understand the actions and thoughts of people in the past

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historical perspective

trying to understand the point of view of people in the past

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neutral

not taking either one side or another

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turning point

a single event that causes important and dramatic change

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treaty

a signed agreement between two countries

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traitor

someone who betrays their country

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surrender

to give up