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Ku Klux Klan: an organization of white Southerners who fought the controls of the temporary, federally imposed government.
Scalawags: Southerners who sided with the blacks and carpetbaggers.
Carpetbaggers; Northerners who moved into the south after the war
corset: a type of girdle worn by girls that bound their waste with rods made from bone.
convalescent: a person recovering from injury or illness
ordnance; a term used for military supply, particularly weapons or ammunition
insolence; defiance or scorn
scrupulous; meticulous or very proper
ragamuffin: a person who looks ragged or dirty
inveigled: tricked or wrangled something out of someone
washboard: a large flat board with ridges on it; used by women to scrub clothes
earbobs: period term for earrings
tenterhooks: on nerve's edge
The Reconstruction: period after the Civil War when the federal government tried to rebuild the economy and lifestyle of the southern states.
capitulate: to give in or give up
"crush": period word for a party; usually lasted all night
disenfranchised: stripped of ones rights
basque: upper part of a woman's dress, very close fitting bodice