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Civil War Vocab

TermDefinition
Sectionalism Restriction of interest to a narrow sphere; undue concern with local interests at the expense of general well-being.
Fugitive A person who has escaped from a place or is in hiding.
Secede Withdraw formally from membership of a federal union.
Abstain Formally decline to vote either for or against a proposal or motion.
Popular Sovereignty the principle that the authority of a state and its government are created and sustained by the consent of its people.
Border ruffians A named that applied to pro-slavery activists from Missouri.
Arsenal A place where weapons and military equipment are stored or made.
Secession The withdrawal of eleven southern states from the Union in 1860.
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 Mexico and the northern free states.
Blockade The act of sealing off a place to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving.
Offensive An attacking military campaign.
Rebel A person who resists authority.
Yankee A person who lives in, or from, the US. Could also mean a Union Soldier from the Civil War.
Blockade runner A ship that manages to enter or leave a blockaded port.
Ironclad Covered or protected in iron.
Casualty A person killed or injured in a war or accident.
Emancipate Set free from legal, social, or political restrictions.
Ratify To sign or give formal consent.
Habeas corpus A writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court
Draft A compulsory recruitment for military service.
Bounty A sum paid to encourage trade.
Greenback A dollar bill
Inflation A general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.
Entrenched Firmly established and difficult or unlikely to change.
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.
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