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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If those new states were slave states, pro-slavery jurists from them became candidates for the Supreme Court. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "Kavanaugh May Be the Democrats’ Waterloo," 5 Oct. 2018 Rumors fueled rioting Racial tensions ran high in Cincinnati before the Civil War because of its proximity to Kentucky, a slave state. John Kiesewetter,, "Civil unrest woven into city's history," 8 June 2018 Maryland was a slave state, of course, but New York? John Kelly, Washington Post, "Naming rights — and wrongs: Montgomery students reveal uncomfortable truths," 21 May 2018 And Texas, a slave state, lost land that later became territories that could determine their own status, but Congress compensated Texas with $10 million to pay its debt. Allan B. Schwartz,, "Medical Mystery: Did this president suffer a death by cherries?," 3 May 2018 These states in the middle – caught on the line that separated slave states from free before the Civil War – were not staunchly abolitionist, like some of their more northern neighbors. Hannah Sparling,, "Neo-Nazis have set up shop here. This is why.," 21 Mar. 2018 In the calm and reasoned rhetoric that marked the period leading up to the Civil War, this became known in the slave states as the Tariff Of Abominations. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Trump's Tariff Decision May Be His Most Complicated Bungle Yet," 8 Mar. 2018 The current President of The United States wants immigrants who will preserve monuments to treasonous Confederate rebels who sought to preserve slave states and create more of them. Jeff Darcy,, "False missile alert human errors: Darcy cartoon," 17 Jan. 2018 Especially abhorrent to legislators from the old slave states was the prospect of persons who had been chattel property liberated from labor to become theatergoers. Amy Dru Stanley, Slate Magazine, "The 19th-century fight over theatergoing that revolutionized human rights.," 21 Dec. 2017

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1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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