A-Z Glossary Terms


(noun) - ships used to isolate a city, often a port, in order to prevent food, people, and communications from coming in or out

blockade runner

(noun) - A vehicle, usually a naval one, that attempts to bring cargo across a blockade

blue laws

(noun) - also known as Sunday laws, are laws designed to restrict or ban some or all Sunday activities for religious reasons, particularly to promote the observance of a day of worship or rest. Blue laws may also restrict shopping or ban sale of certain items on specific days, most often on Sundays in the United States.  

Blue Ridge

(noun) - the rugged, mountainous region of northwestern South Carolina also referred to as the "upcountry"


(noun) - a high, steep bank of land, such as by a river or the sea


(noun) - the seed pod of a plant such as cotton or flax

boll weevil

(noun) - a beetle measuring an average length of six millimeters (¼ inch), which feeds on cotton buds and flowers


(verb) - to protest by refusing to purchase or do business with a person or business

Briggs v. Elliott

(noun) - a court case in South Carolina that was combined with three other cases in Brown v. Board of Education, where the U.S. Supreme Court officially overturned racial segregation in public schools


(adjective) - of Great Britain, now the United Kingdom