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Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

[From Latin ante bellum, before the war : ante, before; see ante- + bellum, war.]


of or during the period before a war, esp the American Civil War: the antebellum South.
[Latin ante bellum, literally: before the war]


(ˈæn tiˈbɛl əm)

before or existing before the war, esp. the American Civil War.
[1860–65; < Latin ante bellum]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.antebellum - belonging to a period before a war especially the American Civil Warantebellum - belonging to a period before a war especially the American Civil War
nonmodern - not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time


[ˈæntɪˈbeləm] ADJprebélico (particularmente referido a la guerra civil norteamericana)
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Medical specialization in the United States, although favoured by the medical elite in the American Medical Association (AMA) in the late 1840s, did not begin in the antebellum period.
In addition, the section on non-asylum care is heavily weighted toward the antebellum period, leaving readers to wonder about the turn-of-the-century era, especially about the insane of more affluent families.
Applying cultural legal studies to the study of the antebellum period, Jeannine DeLombard argues, yields new and useful perspectives on antislavery and the coming of the Civil War.
A selection of writings, quotes, maps, images, documents, and artifacts are highlighted, covering themes of the African diaspora, the slave trade and enslavement, the antebellum period, abolitionism, the Civil War and afterwards, the Jim Crow period, the New Negro, civil rights, the Black Arts Movement, and black leadership.
Callahan also notes that literate free blacks in the antebellum period "held fast to the Bible only by holding fast to its contradictions" (25), which meant that blacks selectively appropriated those sections of Scripture that spoke to or mirrored their condition of oppression and that supported their quest for freedom from slavery.
What Marszalek finds in the antebellum period is a talented officer with a strong intellectual bent, but one whose personal foibles foretold his future problems as General-in-Chief of the Union armies.
Quilts often served in the antebellum period as "codes" for escape to freedom.
By surveying the main conspiracies and rebellions in Virginia, South Carolina, and New York from the colonial through the antebellum period, Rucker provides a reappraisal of slave resistance that will challenge the field to more fully embrace African cultural survivals.
of Wyoming) argues that battle time interrupted the modernization begun in the antebellum period and complicated its resumption after the war.
Students of church and economic history in America will find this work to be a useful point of entry into many of the controversial financial, moral, and religious issues of the antebellum period.
There is considerable evidence that Primitive numbers were declining rapidly in the late antebellum period.
As the author states, "To my knowledge, no one has ever [before] done a study of slave law in any state in the American South using a body of original case records containing judicial decisions that span the entire antebellum period.