slave state


Definition of slave state

1 : a state of the U.S. in which slavery was legal until the Civil War
2 : a nation subjected to totalitarian rule

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Recent Examples on the Web The Missouri Compromise, in 1820, admitted Missouri to the Union as a slave state, and, Johnson points out, Missouri’s new constitution restricted the rights of black people, preventing free blacks from settling in the state. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, "Is Capitalism Racist?," 18 May 2020 At the end of the trip, Lincoln’s train would go through Baltimore, Maryland, which at the time was a slave state. Time, "The First Secret Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln," 30 Apr. 2020 Starting in the Gulf of Mexico, which washes the shores of the major slave states of the Deep South, the Gulf Stream moves along the East Coast out to the Atlantic around Newfoundland. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "To the 1619 Project: Use More Art, Less Fake History," 25 Jan. 2020 And then there was the irony of establishing a colony based on equality in a slave state on land that had been forcibly cleared of natives. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "New revelations tell why a socialist commune failed in Dallas. (Hint: it wasn’t the socialism)," 15 Apr. 2020 And when Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which allowed authorities in non-slave states to capture and return escaped slaves to their owners, Tubman helped reroute the Underground Railroad to Canada. Francisco Guzman And Phil Gast, CNN, "A timeline of the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman," 10 Mar. 2020 The only other countries to receive even one condemnation in 2018 were South Sudan, Myanmar, Iran, and the slave state of North Korea. David Harsanyi, National Review, "The United Nations Once Again Proves Its Anti-Semitism," 13 Feb. 2020 The attempt by the Southern slave states to break away in 1861 seemed to offer several ways to strike at slavery. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "Emancipation Deniers Target Lincoln’s Reputation," 11 Feb. 2019 Whites in former slave states saw freed African Americans flex their new political muscle at the ballot box, sending scores of black representatives to state legislatures across the South, as well as to Congress. Joseph Williams, The New Republic, "Want to Vote? Pay Up.," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of slave state

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Slave state.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slave state

: a state of the U.S. in which slavery was legal until the American Civil War

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