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Margaret Fuller - Margaret Fuller was a journalist, critic, and women’s rights activist. Her work, Woman in the 19th Century, is known as the first feminist work in American history.
Market Economy - An economic system within which people work to make money to buy consumer products. The markets drive the economic activity through private business.
Market revolution - Major economic shift in the 1820s and 30s in which Americans moved from a self-sufficient home economy to a market economy reliant on currency and wage labor.
McGuffey Readers - A series of school readers that were created by Rev. William Holmes McGuffey beginning in 1833. They were published by a small publishing company called Truman and Smith based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mexican Cession - The territory gained by the United States as a result of the Mexican American war as defined by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed in 1848. The territory was made up of the region of the present day southwestern United States.
Millenialism - The widespread belief that the world was about to end with the second coming of Christ. Thousands of followers believed in a preacher named William Miller, who predicted a specific date in 1844 for the second coming.
Moderate - A person who holds a middle position between two viewpoints. He/she is neither extreme nor radical in their views.
Moral righteousness - Being just right and moral in belief, practice, and actions.
Mount Holyoke College - Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts women’s college in South Hadley, Massachusetts, that was originally founded by Mary Lyon in 1837 as a women’s seminary.