Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 9:24 AM
Site: Minnesota Literacy Council
Course: Study for the U.S. Citizenship Test (Citizenship Study)
Glossary: New Vocabulary

colony

a country or region that is controlled by a more powerful, and often far away, country.

Example:  Virginia was the first British colony in America.

Europe

a part of the world (a continent).  Europe is east of North America, across the Atlantic Ocean.  It is north of Africa, and west of Asia.  There are many countries in Europe such as England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and many others.

Rights

1)  basic things that people can freely do; freedoms and privileges

Example:  Susan B. Anthony worked hard for women to have the right to vote.

2)  the claim a person has to be treated in a fair or legal way, or to have the things that are necessary for life

Example:  Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for civil rights and the equality of all Americans.

Revolutionary War

The war that made the United States a free and independent country.  In this war, the United States fought England (Britain) for its freedom.

Responsibility

something that we should do; something that is our job or duty to do.

Example:  All people who live in the U.S. have the responsibility to pay taxes.

district

1) an area of land, as in the District of Columbia, where the capital city of Washington is located. 

2) an area of a state.  Each district has one representative in the House of Representatives.

Example:  The Representative from Minnesota's 4th district is Betty McCollum.

oath

a promise or vow.

Example:  On January 20, the new president takes the oath of office and begins his term.

adopt

to accept or choose.

Example:  The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.

colonist

a person who goes to live in a colony.

Example:  Many colonists came to America for religious freedom.

convention

a large formal meeting of people.

Example:  The Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul in September, 2008.