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Kansas-Nebraska Act
An 1854 law that allowed voters in Kansas and Nebraska to choose whether or not to allow slavery
Popular Sovereignty
The concept of allowing the people to decide by state whether slavery should be allowed in territories through voting.
Fugitive Slave Act
Law that made it a federal crime to help runaway slaves and allowed for the arrest of escaped slaves even in areas where slavery was illegal
Secede
To formally withdraw from the union
Confederate States of America
The name adopted by the 11 Southern states that seceded from the Union during the Civil War
Emancipation Proclamation
Issued by Abraham Lincoln it declared that all slaves in the Confederate states would be free
Writs of Habeas Corpus
A court order requiring jailers to explain to a judge why they are holding a prisoner in custody
Abraham Lincoln
President during the Civil War who issued the Emancipation Proclamation and fought to bring the nation back together
Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
Robert E. Lee
The general who was offered command of Union forces but remained loyal to Virginia and the south
Ulysses S. Grant
American general and the 18th President. Leading Union general in the Civil War.
Justification
Something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary
Frequently
Many times at short intervals
Primarily
Chiefly; mainly
Blockade
To seal off (a place) to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving.
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