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Civil War Common

TermDefinition
SECTIONALISM regional or local spirit
FUGITIVE a person who is fleeing, from prosecution, intolerable circumstances, etc.; a runaway
SECEDE to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.
ABSTAIN to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy
Popular Sovereignty American History. (before the Civil War) a doctrine, held chiefly by the opponents of the abolitionists, that the people living in a territory should be free of federal interference in determining domestic policy, especially with respect to slavery.
Border ruffians The Border Ruffians were pro-slavery activists from the slave state of Missouri
Arsenal a collection or supply of anything;
Secession U.S. History. the withdrawal from the Union of 11 Southern states in the period 1860–61, which brought on the Civil War.
States rights the rights belonging to the various states, especially with reference to the strict interpretation of the Constitution, by which all rights not delegated by the Constitution to the federal government belong to the states.
Border state U.S. History. the slave states of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, which refused to secede from the Union in 1860–61
Blockade the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit
Offensive repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting: an offensive remark; an offensive joke.
Rebel a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country.
Yankee a native or inhabitant of a northern U.S. state, especially of one of the northeastern states that sided with the Union in the American Civil War
Blockade runner a ship or person that passes through a blockade.
Ironclad covered or cased with iron plates, as a ship for naval warfare; armor-plated.
Casualty a member of the armed forces lost to service through death, wounds, sickness, capture, or because his or her whereabouts or condition cannot be determined.
Emancipate to free (a slave) from bondage.
Ratify to confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction:
Habeas corpus a writ requiring a person to be brought before a judge or court, especially for investigation of a restraint of the person's liberty, used as a protection against illegal imprisonment.
Draft a selection
Bounty a premium or reward, especially one offered by a government:
Greenback a U.S. legal-tender note, printed in green on the back since the Civil War, originally issued against the credit of the country and not against gold or silver on deposit.
Inflation the act of inflicting.
Entrenched (of an attitude, habit, or belief) firmly established and difficult or unlikely to change; ingrained.
Total war a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.
Created by: RashardM