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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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These three chapters are packed with relevant primary data substantiating the notion that state-supported education in the Gulf South was a growing trend in the latter half of the antebellum period.
Late in the antebellum period, black activists Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Frances Harper began challenging notions of racial hierarchy suggested by craniometry and polygenesis.
It will be difficult henceforth for historians to assume that the antebellum period was devoted to moral reform (including abolitionism), and that antimiscegenation movements appeared only after the emancipation of the vast majority of blacks, for whom, before the Civil War, the very idea of legal marriage was moot.
The author of this book seeks to fill the gap between the female evangelical itinerants of the antebellum period and the followers of Aimee Semple McPherson.
Like Confessions, Django Unchained is a careful and creative reimagining of the antebellum period, but both works are marred by significant prejudice.
And his broader discussions of these well-known fictional works will appeal to Americanists and other literary scholars interested in their authors or the antebellum period as a whole.
12 YEARS," Rudin responded, which most probably referred to the historical drama "12 Years a Slave," also about slavery of African Americans during the antebellum period in the Southern U.
Although he also was inspired by a variety of abolitionists from the antebellum period and helped to set a firm foundation for numerous radical Civil Rights leaders who would follow him in later decades, Clark has been virtually forgotten today by most scholars and the nation at-large.
Here he traces its religious history, from the antebellum period through the Civil War, concentrating on three things: refinement, diversity, and how the traditions survived and even thrived during the war itself.
The free program is a combination of historical and contemporary compositions from or about the Antebellum period in American history.
His speech was a fascinating look at tensions in the ministry of Robert Ryland, who also was president of the University of Richmond and (white) pastor of the First African Baptist Church, Richmond, during the antebellum period.
Our National Park System contains several sites that commemorate the history of the antebellum period, the American Civil War, and the modern Civil Rights movement," Spears says.