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    members of the American militia during the Revolutionary War who were ready to fight at short notice

    Although the terms militia and minutemen are sometimes used interchangeably today, in the 18th century there was a decided difference between the two.

    Submitted by Kylie from United States on 29/09/2012


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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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