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Civil War Vocab

Civil War Vocabulary

Sectionalism Being loyal to only part of a nation, not the whole nation. For example at the time of the civil war, Americans saw themselves as either Northerners or Southerners.
Fugitive A person fleeing from custody. For example it can be a person escaping jail, or slavery.
Secede To withdraw or to separate, for example the South threatened to secede from the Union many times, and finally did causing the civil war.
Abstain Restrain from doing something.
Popular Sovereignty Where the people decide on things by voting.
Border ruffians People who supported slavery who, in 1854 to 1860, crossed the border into Kansas to force them to accept slavery.
Arsenal weapons and military equipment stored by a country, or group, or person.
Secession The Southern state's withdrawal from the Union.
States rights Right of states to not enforce certain Federal laws.
Border state Slave states that stayed in the Union.
Blockade Preventing goods or people from entering or leaving, using force.
Offensive Something that upsets someone.
Rebel Someone who is against something.
Yankee What the Union soldiers were called.
Blockade runner A ship that somehow enters or leaves a blockaded port.
Ironclad A warship protected by iron or steal armor plates.
Casualty A death.
Emancipate Set free.
Ratify To formally approve something.
Habeas corpus a writ that requires a person under arrest to be taken to a judge or into court.
Draft Making it a requirement for men to join the military.
Bounty Reward.(MONEY!!!)
Greenback MONEY!!!!!! (what Jeff desires)
Inflation Increase in prices and decrease in money value.
Entrenched A habit that is firmly established.
Total war A war that is unrestricted.
Created by: Darshan S


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