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Glossary

Chapter 29: Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad, 1912-1916

agricultural extension

the system of providing services and advice to farmers through dispersed local agents.

Censor

an official who examines publications, mail, literature, and so forth in order to remove or prohibit the distribution of material deemed dangerous or offensive.

commercial paper

any business document having monetary or exchangeable value.

graduated income tax

a tax on income in which the taxation rates grow progressively higher for those with higher income.

Gringo

contemptuous Latin American term for North Americans.

Inelasticity

the inability to expand or contract rapidly (applied here to a nation's currency).

promissory note

a written pledge to pay a certain person a specified sum of money at a certain time.

self-determination

in politics, the right of a people to shape its own national identity and form of government, without outside coercion or influence.

Torpedo

to launch from a submarine or airplane a self-propelled underwater explosive designed to detonate on impact.


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