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Confederacy Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Confederacy n
  1. the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861 [syn: Confederate States, Confederate States of America, South, Dixie, Dixieland]
  2. a union of political organizations [syn: confederation, federation]
  3. a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose [syn: conspiracy]
  4. a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act [syn: conspiracy]
Confederacy Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Confederacy \Con*fed"er*a*cy\, n. (Amer. Hist.) With the, the Confederate States of America.
Confederacy Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Confederacy \Con*fed"er*a*cy\, n.; pl. Confederacies. [From Confederate, a.]
  1. A league or compact between two or more persons, bodies of men, or states, for mutual support or common action; alliance. The friendships of the world are oft Confederacies in vice or leagues of pleasure. --Addison. He hath heard of our confederacy. --Shak. Virginia promoted a confederacy. --Bancroft.
  2. The persons, bodies, states, or nations united by a league; a confederation. The Grecian common wealth, . . . the most heroic confederacy that ever existed. --Harris. Virgil has a whole confederacy against him. --Dryden.
  3. (Law) A combination of two or more persons to commit an unlawful act, or to do a lawful act by unlawful means. See Conspiracy. Syn: League; compact; alliance; association; union; combination; confederation.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Confederacy'

The Confederate States of America (CSA) was a short-lived government that existed in the southern United States during the American Civil War. It was established in 1861 by seven southern states where slavery was legal, after Abraham Lincoln was elected president, but before he took office. South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas declared their independence from the United States of America. After the war began, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina joined them.

Their government was much like the United States of America's government, and it had a similar constitution (with the 1st amendment all the way to the 12th one). Jefferson Davis was chosen to be their president. The United States government (also known as the Union) did not agree that the states could leave and start a new government, and soon a war began. This war is known as the American Civil War, and it lasted from 1861 to 1865. After some of the deadliest battles in U.S. history, Union forces gradually regained control of southern states. As Confederate forces surrendered, the Confederacy fell apart and the Civil War came to a close in 1865.

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* When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. - Jonathan Swift

* An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry. - Thomas Jefferson

* The people of the States now confederated.....believed that to remain longer in the Union would subject them to continuance of a disparaging discrimination, submission to which would be inconsistent with their welfare, and intolerable to a proud people. They therefore determined to sever its bounds and established a new Confederacy for themselves. - Jefferson Davis

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