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Abortion

Abortion   Reference library

Carole R. McCann

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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2013

The legal status of abortion in the United States has undergone dramatic shifts, while its practice has been consistent. Throughout

Addams, Jane

Addams, Jane   Reference library

Louise W. Knight

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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2013

(1860–1935), Progressive Era political activist. Jane Addams was one of the nation’s most admired and effective

Adolescence

Adolescence   Reference library

Miriam Forman-Brunell

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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2013

The modern concept of “adolescence”—the word comes from the Latin adolescere, meaning “to grow up”—dates back to an early

Adoption

Adoption   Reference library

Ellen Herman

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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2013

Since ancient times and in all human cultures, children have been transferred from adults who would not or could not

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action   Reference library

Matthew Dallek and Paul S. Boyer

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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2013

The term “affirmative action” first appeared in a legislative context in the 1935 National Labor Relations Act and was later

African American Emigration

African American Emigration   Reference library

Winston James

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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2013

Two powerful and recurring motifs have marked the African American experience in the United States, resistance and flight: resistance

African Americans

African Americans   Reference library

Joe W. Trotter Jr.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History

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2013

The African American community has its roots in the great migration of peoples from the Old World to the New.

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