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Abraham Lincoln

(1809—1865) American Republican statesman

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abolitionism

abolitionism  

A term associated with protest on grounds of inhumanity and a call for the abolition of slavery (see, for example, the arguments of William Wilberforce, 1759–1833). More recently extended to the ...
African-American troops

African-American troops  

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Variously called negro, coloured, and black, the history of African-American soldiers is that of US race relations in general. Even after the abolition of formal discrimination by colour, advancement ...
Alpheus Starkey Williams

Alpheus Starkey Williams  

(1810–1878) U.S. army officer and congressman. Born in Deep River, Connecticut, Alpheus Williams graduated from Yale in 1831. He practiced law and rendered public service in Detroit, and was selected ...
American Anti-Slavery Society

American Anti-Slavery Society  

The American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS) was founded in 1833 by a small group of radicals calling for the immediate abolition of slavery. The leading spirit was William Lloyd Garrison, whose ...
amnesty, Presidential

amnesty, Presidential  

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The Constitution (Article 2, Section 2) gives the President the power “to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States except in cases of impeachment.” This power is exercised ...
Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson  

(1808–75)US politician; 17th President of the USA (1865–69). As the only southern senator to support the Union in the American Civil War he was appointed military governor of Tennessee. Having been ...
Anglo-African Newspaper

Anglo-African Newspaper  

A major forum for black authors and an important source of knowledge about African American culture, the Anglo-African Newspaper was published by Thomas and Robert Hamilton, the sons of the ...
Annexation of Dominican Republic

Annexation of Dominican Republic  

The annexation of the Dominican Republic was a goal of President Ulysses S. Grant from 1869 to 1871. When the issue became controversial, Frederick Douglass's willingness to serve as a ...
Assassination

Assassination  

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The premeditated murder of a political figure for reasons associated with the victim's prominence, political perspective, or some combination of both is known as assassination. As a formal means of ...
August Valentine Kautz

August Valentine Kautz  

Kowts(1828–95) Union army cavalry officer, born in Ispringen, Baden (now Germany). Kautz saw action in the Peninsular campaign (1862) and attained notoriety when, after the battle at Monticello, ...
Battle of Antietam

Battle of Antietam  

(17 September 1862)A battle in the American Civil War, fought in Maryland. After his victory at the second battle of Bull Run, General Lee invaded the North, but with only 30,000 men under his ...
Battle of Chancellorsville

Battle of Chancellorsville  

A week-long Civil War battle in May 1863, in and around Chancellorsville, Virginia. It was a major victory for the Confederacy, and sometimes considered to be Robert E. Lee's greatest ...
Battle of Fredericksburg

Battle of Fredericksburg  

A major Civil War battle near Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13, 1862, between Union forces under Gen. Ambrose Burnside and Confederates under Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Confederate's entrenched ...
Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Gettysburg  

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(1–3 July 1863)A battle in the American Civil War. On 1 July elements of the Army of Northern Virginia under Lee and the Union Army of the Potomac under Meade came into contact west of Gettysburg, ...
Battle of Mobile Bay

Battle of Mobile Bay  

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An eighteen-boat attack on the well-fortified and heavily-mined bay, led by Union Adm. David Farragut on August 5, 1864. Along with three wooden gunboats, the ironclad Tennessee had managed to ...
Battle of Nashville

Battle of Nashville  

A devastating 1864 defeat of Gen. John B. Hood's troops at the hands of Gen. George H. Thomas's Union forces. In November, Hood surrounded John M. Schofield's forces near Spring ...
Benjamin Franklin Butler

Benjamin Franklin Butler  

(1818–93) Union general, U.S. congressman (1867–75, 1877–79), and governor of Massachusetts (1882–84), born in Deerfield, New Hampshire. Early in the Civil War, Maj. Gen. Butler caused a stir by ...
Benjamin Franklin Wade

Benjamin Franklin Wade  

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(1800–1878), radical Republican senator in the Civil War.Born in Massachusetts, Wade settled in Jefferson, Ohio, to practice law, was elected to the legislature as a Whig, and rose to ...
Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison  

(1833–1901)US Republican statesman, 23rd President of the USA (1889–93). He was the grandson of William Henry Harrison.
Blackstone

Blackstone  

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Used informally to refer to Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765–9), an exposition of English law by William Blackstone (1723–80).

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