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Helen Hunt Jackson

  • became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government.
  • she wrote a book called A Century of Dishonor (1881) called for significant reform in government policy toward Native Americans.
  • she inspired many people and her friend Harriet Beecher Stowe who wrote the book uncle toms cabin.
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Morrill Act

  • 1862 Congress granting each state 30,000 acres of land for each member it had in Congress.
  • 90 percent of the gross proceeds of which were to be used for the endowment and maintenance of colleges and universities teaching agricultural and mechanical arts and other subjects.
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  • political party formed primarily to express the agrarian protest of the late 19th cent. In some states the party was known as the People's party.
  • representatives have been General James Weaver and 4 years after he retired we elected Jemmings Bryant.
  • Populist Party was created by the Knights Of Labor as well as many farmers.
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Ellis Island

  • opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years
  • Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time–in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors.
  • a great change was taking place in immigration to the United States
  • located just south of Manhattan closed in 1954
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