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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.
agency shop an agreement, between an owner or manager and a union that requires employees who do not want to join the union to pay a fee. [2 definitions]
agglutination the state of being glued, or the mass or union so formed. [1/2 definitions]
alliance a union of interested parties such as individuals, families, political entities, or organizations. [1/3 definitions]
Allies in World War II, the nations that fought against the Axis, esp. Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States. [1/2 definitions]
antiunion combined form of union.
apogamy in botany, the development of a plant from a sporophyte, rather than from a union of gametophytes.
Armenia a Near Eastern country between Georgia and Turkey; formerly a republic of the Soviet Union. [1/2 definitions]
Azerbaijan a Near Eastern country on the Caspian Sea between Iran and Russia; formerly a republic of the Soviet Union.
Baltic States the independent countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, formerly parts of the Soviet Union.
Belarus a European country bordered by Poland, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine; formerly a republic of the Soviet Union; Belorussia; Byelorussia.
bluecoat one who wears a blue coat or uniform, esp. a police officer or a Union soldier in the U.S. Civil War.
Bolshevik (often l.c.) a member of the majority faction of the party that seized power in 1917 and formed the Communist party in the Soviet Union. [1/3 definitions]
checking account a deposit in a bank, credit union, or the like, against which checks may be written by the depositor. (Cf. savings account.)
checkoff a system of collecting union dues by deducting the amount due from the employee's paycheck.
civil war (cap.)The U.S. war (1861-1866) between the Northern states (Union) and the Southern states (Confederacy), which had seceded from the Union because of conflict over states' rights and the practice of slavery. [1/2 definitions]
closed shop a factory or business that agrees, through a contract with a labor union, to employ only members of that union. [1/2 definitions]
cold war (cap.) the state of intense political and ideological hostility and competition for power that obtained between the communist Soviet Union and China and their allies, and the United States and its democratic allies, between the end of World War II and about 1990. The Cold War, always stopping short of direct military conflict, manifested in the arms race, the space race, and proxy wars in Vietnam, Korea, and the Middle East. [1/2 definitions]
collegium an administrative committee of equals, esp. one that formerly performed economic, political, or social management in the Soviet Union.
Cominform a European Communist organization that espoused the policies of the Soviet Union (acronym for "Communist Information Bureau").