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Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States (1861-1865), who was Commander-in-Chief of the Union troops during the American Civil War and who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, thus bringing an end to slavery in the United States (b.1809--d.1865).
ACLU abbreviation of "American Civil Liberties Union," an organization that works to defend and preserve the civil rights of citizens in the United States.
American Civil Liberties Union an organization that works to defend and preserve the civil rights of citizens in the United States.
antebellum in or of the period prior to a war, esp. the American Civil War. (Cf. postbellum.)
attainder in law, the loss of civil rights following conviction for a major crime, esp. treason.
attaint to inflict the loss of civil rights on (someone) following conviction for a major crime. [2 definitions]
bluecoat one who wears a blue coat or uniform, esp. a police officer or a Union soldier in the U.S. Civil War.
carpetbagger a Northerner who went to the South to seek private gain in the aftermath of the American Civil War, usu. depicted as carrying his belongings in a carpetbag. [1/2 definitions]
civilian of or pertaining to civil life or to civilians; not of the military or police. [1/2 definitions]
civilized educated or refined; not impulsive or destructive; socialized or civil.
Civil Rights Act in the U.S., any of several laws intended to protect civil rights, esp. the landmark law passed by Congress in 1964 that aimed to protect the constitutional right to vote and prevent discrimination in places of employment, public facilities and accommodations, and the like.
civil service collectively, the people employed in these civil branches of government. [1/3 definitions]
common-law marriage a marriage not contracted through a religious or civil ceremony but recognized as legal after the partners have lived together for a legally specified period of time.
confederate (cap.) a person or state allied with the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. [1/6 definitions]
copperhead (cap.) during the U.S. Civil War, a Northerner who sympathized with the South. [1/2 definitions]
court of common pleas in some U.S. states, a court having general jurisdiction over civil suits.
criminal of, pertaining to, or having the nature of crime, esp. as opposed to civil violations. [1/3 definitions]
day the period between two successive midnights; civil day. [1/5 definitions]
Dixie the southern states of the United States, esp. those forming the Confederacy during the Civil War. [1/2 definitions]
Eleanor Roosevelt civil rights activist, diplomat, and First Lady to President Franklin Roosevelt from 1933 to 1945; born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (b.1884--d.1962).
Emancipation Proclamation the declaration first introduced in 1862 by President Lincoln that freed all the slaves from Confederate states that were not yet under Union control during the United States Civil War.