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Old U.S. History

TermDefinition
Sectionalism Sectionalism is loyalty to one's own region or section of the country, rather than to the country as a whole.
Fugitive A person who has escaped from a place or is in hiding, especially to avoid arrest or persecution.
Secede To withdraw formally from membership of a federal union.
Abstain To choose to not to vote.
Popular Sovereignty A law that makes all people equal by the government.
Border ruffians The name applied to pro slavery activists. The 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 withdrawal of eleven southern states from the Union in 1860, leading to the Civil War.
States rights The rights held by individual US states rather than by the federal government for slaves.
Border state Any of the slave states that bordered the northern free states during the US Civil War.
Blockade A blockade is an effort to cut off supplies, war material, or communications from a particular area by force.
Offensive Going on defensive mode. (Military)
Rebel A rise in opposition resistance to an established government.
Yankee A person who lives in the US.
Blockade runner A ship that manages to enter or leave a blockaded port.
Ironclad A 19th-century warship with armor plating.
Casualty A person killed or injured in a war or accident.
Emancipate Free from slavery.
Ratify 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.
Draft Compulsory recruitment for military service.
Bounty A sum paid to encourage trade.
Greenback A dollar bill.
Inflation Prices fall in the purchasing value of money.
Entrenched A habit of belief, established and difficult or unlikely to change.
Total war A war that is in terms of the weapons used, the territory or combatants involved, or the objectives pursued.
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