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Chapter 18: Renewing the Sectional Struggle, 1848-1854

Booster

one who promotes a person or enterprise, especially in a highly enthusiastic way.

Fugitive

a person who flees from danger or prosecution.

Homestead

a family home or farm with buildings and land sufficient for survival.

Isthmian

concerning a narrow strip of land connecting two larger bodies of land.

Manifesto

a proclamation or document aggressively asserting a controversial position of advocating a daring course of action.

Sanctuary

a place of refuge or protection, where people are safe from punishment by the law.

Topography

the precise surface features and details of a place--for example, rivers, bridges, hills--in relation to one another.

Truce

a temporary suspension of warfare by agreement of the hostile parties.

Vigilante

concerning groups that claim to punish crime and maintain order without legal authority


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