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Civil War Vocabulary

Match each word about the Civil War with its definition.

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abolitionista person who wanted to end slavery in the United States
Anaconda Planthe Union's plan for defeating the Confederacy in the Civil War
blockadethe closing of an area, especially during wartime, to keep people or supplies from moving in or out
Civil Warin the United States, the war between the Union and the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865
Compromise of 1850a law admitting California to the Union, allowing people to decide whether territories would be slave or free, and making the North follow the Fugitive Slave Law
Confederate States of Americathe name adopted by the 11 Southern states that seceded from the Union during the Civil War
Dred Scott decisionan 1857 Supreme Court decision that said slaves were private property
Emancipation Proclamationan announcement by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 the led to the end of slavery in the US
Gettysburg Addressthe speech made by President Lincoln at the site of the Battle of Getttysburg, explaining the purpose of the Civil War
Missouri Compromisea law passed in 1820 that divided the Louisiana Territory into free and slave areas
secedeto break away from a group
states' rightsthe belief that each state should be able to make its own decisions
Underground Railroada system of secret routes used by escaping slaves to reach freedom in the North

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