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Abolitionist: A person who fights against slavery.
Boycott: A form of protest in which a group refuses to buy goods or services in order to force a company to change things they disagree with.
Civil War: A war that the Confederacy (Southern part of the U.S.) fought against the Union (Northern part of the U.S.) from 1861-1865.
Confederacy: The government in the South during the Civil War.
Confederate: The army in the South during the Civil War.
Constitutional: Legal according to the Constitution.
CORE: (Congress Of Racial Equality) A group that works for equal rights, quality education, and economic and political opportunities for Blacks.
Desegregate: Allow Blacks and Whites to live, work, go to school, eat, ride the bus, and use facilities together as equals.
Discrimination: Treating people differently because of their gender, race, or religion.
Fugitive Slave Act: The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 provided harsh punishments for people who helped slaves run away. It also forced people living in free states to return run-away slaves to their owners.
Integration: To allow Blacks and Whites to live, work, go to school, eat, ride the bus, and use any facilities together as equals.
Jim Crow Laws: Laws that kept black people from being treated as equals to Whites.
Mob: A large disorderly group of people.
NAACP: (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) A group that works to end discrimination against Blacks and other minority groups.
Non-violence: Going against violence.
Prejudice: Hatred of a particular group, race, or religion.
Quaker: A Christian group founded in England about 1650, which opposes violence, slavery, and war.
Reconstruction: A process which helped the Southern states reorganize after the Civil War.
SCLC: (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) A group that works to gain equal rights for Black Americans and other minority groups through non-violent civil protests and community development programs.
Segregate: Separate people because of differences of religion, race, gender, culture, or wealth.
Sit-in: A form of protest in which groups of people enter and remain seated for a long period of time in a public place.
SNCC: (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) A group that organized peaceful protests and demonstrations to speed desegregation in the Southern United States.
Secession: Breaking away from the rest of the country.
Union: The army in the Northern states during the Civil War.
Unconstitutional: Illegal according to the Constitution.
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