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Civil War Vocab

Sectionalism restriction of interest to a narrow sphere; undue concern with local interests or petty distinctions at the expense of general well-being.
Fugitive a person who has escaped from a place or is in hiding, especially to avoid arrest or persecution
Secede withdraw formally from membership in a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization
Abstain restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something
Popular Sovereignty Expansion of the U. S.
Border Ruffians In Kansas, Border Ruffians was the name applied to pro-slavery activists from the slave state of Missouri, who in 1854 to 1860 crossed the state border into Kansas Territory to force the acceptance of slavery there
Arsenal a collection of weapons and military equipment stored by a country, person, or group
secession the action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body, especially a political state
states rights the rights and powers held by individual US states rather than by the federal government
Border state any of the slave states that bordered the northern free states during the US Civil War
blockade an act or means of sealing off a place to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving
Offensive causing someone to feel deeply hurt, upset, or angry
Rebel a person who rises in opposition or armed resistance against an established government or ruler
Yankee a person who lives in, or is from, the US
blockade runner a vessel that runs or attempts to run into or out of a blockaded port
Ironclad covered or protected with iron
casualty a person killed or injured in a war or accident
Emancipate set free, especially from legal, social, or political restrictions
Ratify sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid
Habeas corpus a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person's release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention
draft compulsory recruitment for military service
Bounty a sum paid to encourage trade
Greenback an animal with a green back, especially a race of the cutthroat trout found only in Colorado
inflation the action of inflating something or the condition of being inflated
entrenched (of an attitude, habit, or belief) firmly established and difficult or unlikely to change; ingrained
total war a war that is unrestricted in terms of the weapons used, the territory or combatants involved, or the objectives pursued, especially one in which the laws of war are disregarded
Created by: marco hutter