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Chapter 35: America in World War II, 1941-1945

Acclamation

a general and unanimous action of approval or nomination by a large public body, without a vote.

Bastion

a fortified stronghold, often including earthworks or stoneworks, that guards against enemy attack.

Beachhead

the first position on a beach secured by an invading force and used to land further troops and supplies.

Bracero

a Mexican farm laborer temporarily brought in the United States.

concentration camp

a place of confinement for prisoners or others a government considers dangerous or undesirable.

Deposed

forcibly remove from office or position.

Genocide

the systematic extermination or killing of an entire people; the Holocaust or Final Solution during World War II.

internment camps

camps to which more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans living in the West were moved soon after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

U-boat

a German submarine (from the German Unterseeboot).

Underground

a secret or illegal movement organized in a country to resist or overthrow the government.


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