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Prof. Vecchio - 19th Century U.S. History: Database Searching

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Battle of Chickamauga - Braxton Bragg - Army of Tennessee - 1863

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Abolitionists - American Anti-Slavery Society - Underground Railroad

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For example ‚Äč187* (or *70s) yields results for: 

     all years of the 1870s,

Activis* yields:

Activist, Activism, Activists, etc.

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