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Civil War Vocabulary

Vocabulary Over Civil War

TermDefinition
States' Rights The idea that states have the right to limit the power of the federal government
secede To withdraw from something, such as a nation
abolitionist A person who wanted to end slavery
vigilante People who take the law into their own hands
arsenal Storehouses for weapons
blockade The closing of a port by positioning ships to keep people or supplies from moving in or out
Blockade Runner Ships that slip past a blockade to deliver goods
Unionist People loyal to the Union during the American Civil War
Confederate People loyal to the South during the American Civil War
conscription The forced enrollment of people into the military service
Reconstruction The federal government’s plan to restore the South to the Union after the Civil War
amendment Formal changes to a document
sharecropper A farm worker who works someone else’s land and pays for its use by giving the landowner a share of the crops grown.
sectionalism Loyalty to a state or a section rather than the whole country
black codes Laws limiting the rights of African Americans passed by the Southern governments
Juneteenth June 19th, the date celebrated as the anniversary of the Emancipation Day enslaved people in Texas
Created by: ashwoo