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

before or existing before the war, esp. the American Civil War.
[1860–65; < Latin ante bellum]
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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
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[ˈæntɪˈbeləm] ADJprebélico (particularmente referido a la guerra civil norteamericana)
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In the first part, Grasso theorizes the "anger paradigm" and situates it in relation to the public discourse surrounding anger in the antebellum period. In the second part Grasso applies her "anger paradigm" to texts by each of her authors.
He addresses the problem of comparing two states (and, in particular, two cities) whose economies appear to have diverged much earlier than the late antebellum period. Also, he recognizes that there were many different models of urban development in antebellum America.
Strong and shown to be an important part of reform in the antebellum period. The development of the ideas of religiously-based abolitionism oftentimes led to a schism within Evangelical churches in the early nineteenth century.
Baptists in the South spent considerable thought and energy defending slavery in the antebellum period. (38) Once slavery was no longer an issue, Baptists faced new challenges including race relations, education, and, of course, evangelism.
In the antebellum period, many Protestant Americans were becoming increasingly evangelical, seeking converts at every opportunity.
During the antebellum period, in other words, opera simply did not have the edifying and educational cachet it gradually acquired later in the century.
The American legal "professional culture," in this sense, remained in its nascent stage in the antebellum period.
His argument is not how small but how crucial was the Post Office's, and by implication the federal government's, influence on American business and public life from the early national to the antebellum period.
Workers in the Metropolis is better seen as an ethnographic account of daily life, depicting in great detail the labor and leisure of young immigrant workers who began flooding New York City in the late antebellum period.
The first volume contains entries on the arts, economics and work, family and gender, fashion and appearance, food and drink, and housing and community during the antebellum period, while the second volume consists of entries on politics and warfare, recreation and social customs, religion and beliefs, and science and technology, as well as 40 primary documents related to each of the section topics.
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.
of Southern Mississippi) analyzes the connections between liberalism, republicanism, wage-labor and racial hierarchy in America between 1865 and 1920, though he also reaches back into the antebellum period. He argues that changes in this period account for intersecting forms of civil subordination that persist in American society.