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1877: The Grand Army of Starvation Vocabulary (for chapters on "The Centennial Exposition" and "The Railroad")

This is a vocabulary list for chapters on "The Centennial Exposition" and "The Railroad" in the 1877: The Grand Army of Starvation documentary.

amassed: accumulated 

anvil: a heavy metal block used by blacksmiths to hammer out other metal 

brakeman: railroad worker who operates, repairs, or inspects train brakes 

centennial exposition: celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence 

corporate: having to do with large companies or “big business” 

cylindric: shaped like a tube 

dividends: money paid to people who own stock in a company 

domination: complete control 

emblem: a symbol of some idea or thing 

flocked: gathered in a group 

Great Uprising: national strike by 80,000 railroad workers, also known as the Great Strike of 1877  

manipulated: controlled or influenced, usually to one’s own benefit 

militia: military force of civilians that supports regular army, especially in an emergency 

resilience: the ability to recover quickly from illness or misfortune 

sultry: hot and damp 

spike: large nail used to construct railroad tracks 

territorial expansion: adding new lands to an existing country, often by force 

transcontinental railroad: a railroad that crosses and connects a continent

Source | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, 2011.
Creator | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
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Cite This document | American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, “1877: The Grand Army of Starvation Vocabulary (for chapters on "The Centennial Exposition" and "The Railroad"),” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed November 14, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1921.

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