slave state

noun
|Updated on: 27 Jun 2018

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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First Known Use of slave state

1809

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


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