American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Before the war: often used (joined by a hyphen) attributively.
- adj. Of the time period prior to a war.
- adj. In the United States of America, of the period prior to the American Civil War, especially in reference to the culture of the southern states.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. belonging to a period before a war, especially the American Civil War.
- adj. belonging to a period before a war especially the American Civil War
- From the Latin phrase ante bellum (literally "before the war"), from ante ("before") + bellum ("war"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin ante bellum : ante, before + bellum, war. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Pelecanos has written 16 crime novels that span the last few decades of the city's life, while Jones, while he's best known for his single novel, The Known World, set in antebellum Virginia, is beloved by residents of the District for his two brilliant short story collections, Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar's Children.”
“My argument here draws on Timothy R. Mahoney's observations on the function of camaraderie among business rivals in antebellum Midwestern cities.”
“The following passage underscores my point that it is impossible, or at least irresponsible, to comprehend female literary consumption in antebellum America without including British reprints in the discussion.”
“The paradox generated by the values circulating around sincere behavior and the learning of authenticity in antebellum American culture provides insight into the”
“Such an interpretive clarification is critical because the idea of the self-made man in antebellum America has a long, entrenched historiography and, in its latest incarnation, couples masculinity studies with a discussion of the development of national markets and the removal of men from the household as part of the rise of separate spheres. 96”
“Bolden also mentions that when it comes to children's books about freeborn blacks in antebellum America, you might as well ask for the moon and stars.”
“Unlike other human beings put on display in antebellum America, the “Chinese Lady,” as she was called, was not brought to the United States by a Barnumesque showman.”
“Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County.”
“In 1853, Bayard Taylor, the most celebrated travel writer in antebellum America (and the subject of chapter 8), was able to visit several of China’s largest coastal cities because, after the Opium War, the Treaty of Nanjing (1842) made such excursions possible by opening up additional ports to foreign intercourse.”
“Further, by the definition asserted in this article, one could equally call the antebellum south “multicultural.””
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