abolition - movement to end slavery
abolitionist - one who is involved in the movement to end slavery.
accommodations - needs or services.
adequate - sufficent; enough
affirmative action - a policy which gives special consideration to minorities and women to make up for past discrimination.
apprenticeship - training on the job for eventual career goal.
arrived - to reach one's destination
balance - even; the same; equal.
circumvent - to manage to get around something.
class action lawsuit - when a group of people with the same complaint unite to sue someone or a group.
consciousness- awareness; to take notice.
diminish- to make less.
diplomatically- with care and skill.
discriminate- to distinguish; to treat differently.
Discrimination - prejudiced outlook, action or treatment
due process- a requirement that laws may not be unfair or unreasonable to individuals.
evolution- a process of change and development.
enforcement- to force into action
Founding Fathers- the name applied to the men that created the government of the United States of America.
hostiles- unfriendly; enemies
inferiority- the feeling of being less than others.
interpreted- explained by a point of view.
inherently- belonging by nature or habit.
intiative- a procedure begun by voters to propose a law.
Jim Crow laws- a system of law that segregated public services by race beginning in 1890's.
lack- not have; be without.
letter of apology and redress- In the 1970's the U.S. government officially apologized to the Japanese-American community for their forced relocation to camps during World War II.
minorities- people other than white, anglo-saxons.
picture bride- It was a cultural tradition for many Japanese immigrants to inquire about prospective brides in Japan. What followed was correspondence and pictures and sometimes marriage arrangements without actually meeting in person.
operated - to be in action so as to produce an effect.
postponed- to put off to a later time or date.
prejudice- dislike or an unreasonable opinion of a group of people.
quilt- a bed cover made by stiching many pieces of material together.
relocation camp- name of the camps during World War II in which Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans were forced to live.
sanction-to approve; to give permission.
segregate- to separate or keep apart.
sought- ( from the verb seek) to look for; to ask for.
vocation education- education or training in a certain skill or trade.