Events That Changed America in the Nineteenth Century

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Appendix A
Glossary

American System. The American System was the name given to a plan for U.S. economic development during the Madison administration. It called for the creation of a national bank, improvements in communication and transportation, and high tariffs to protect America's young industries.

Anti-Imperialist League. The Anti-Imperialist League was an organization created in 1898 to campaign against American acquisition of colonies. Andrew Carnegie funded the organization, which included a number of prominent politicians and intellectuals.

Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation, ratified in 1781, established the first national government for the United States. It was replaced by the Constitution in 1788.

Border states. The border states of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, were situated between the North and the South in the Civil War. Slavery was legal in these states, but none of them joined the Confederacy.

Boxer Rebellion. This was a terrorist campaign waged against foreigners in the late 1890s by the Boxers, a secret society in China. In 1900, the Boxers besieged the diplomatic community in Peking, which was saved by the arrival of a multinational force that had marched inland.

Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) . A New York politician, Burr was elected vice

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