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Civil War

TermDefinition
Sectionalism Loyalty to region.
Fugitive A Runaway or a person trying to run away.
Secede To leave.
Abstain To not take part in some activity, such as voting.
Popular Sovereignty Political theory that government is subject to the will of the people.
Border Ruffians Missourians who traveled in armed groups to vote in Kansas' election during the mid-1850s.
Arsenal A storage place for weapons and ammunition.
Martyr A person who sacrifices his or her life for a principal or cost.
Secession Withdrawal from from the Union.
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 Position of attacking or the attack itself.
Rebel Confederate soldier, so called because of opposition to the established government.
Yankee A Union Soldier.
Blockade Runner A ship that sails into and out of a blockaded area.
Ironclad An armored naval vessel.
Casualty A military person killed, wounded or captured.
Emancipate To free from slavery.
Ratify To give official approval to.
Habeas Corpus A legal order for an inquiry to determine whether a person has been lawfully imprisoned.
Draft A preliminary version of a piece of writing.
Bounty A sum of money paid to entice enlistment in the military.
Greenback A dollar bill
Inflation An general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.
Entrenched To dig trenches for defensive purposes around (oneself, a military position, etc.).
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: Layomi Akande
 

 



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