slaveholder

noun
slave·​hold·​er | \ ˈslāv-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce slaveholder (audio) \

Definition of slaveholder

: an owner of slaves

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Other Words from slaveholder

slaveholding \ ˈslāv-​ˌhōl-​diŋ How to pronounce slaveholding (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of slaveholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Washington was an active slaveholder for 56 years, and hundreds of slaves worked his Mount Vernon plantation. oregonlive, "Portland protests to resume Friday, marking city’s 37th consecutive day of demonstrations," 3 July 2020 Calhoun, who was born in 1782 and died a decade before the Civil War began, in 1850, was not only a slaveholder and an ardent defender of slavery, but a chief architect of the political system that allowed slavery to persist. Christian K. Anderson, The Conversation, "Authorities are yanking the legacy of slaveholder John C. Calhoun from public sphere, but his bigotry remains embedded in American society," 26 June 2020 Clemson University took out the name of slaveholder John C. Calhoun from its Honors College after NFL stars Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins joined thousands of others to demand the change, CNN affiliate WCIV reported. Elizabeth Joseph And Alicia Lee, CNN, "Boston University looking into retiring mascot's nickname because of its reference to 'Gone With the Wind'," 1 July 2020 Delaware officials removed the statue of Caesar Rodney, famously a signer of the Declaration of Independence and infamously a slaveholder, from its iconic overlook of Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, "Delaware, the last to abolish state whippings, to remove public whipping post Wednesday," 30 June 2020 Calhoun was a slaveholder and espoused pro-slavery views. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Calhoun Community College to forward concerns over school’s name to state chancellor," 26 June 2020 Numerous cities and counties, streets and roads, schools and other public places are named for Calhoun, a slaveholder who served as secretary of state, secretary of war, a U.S. senator, and two terms as vice president. Christian K. Anderson, The Conversation, "Authorities are yanking the legacy of slaveholder John C. Calhoun from public sphere, but his bigotry remains embedded in American society," 26 June 2020 Washington, the first president of the U.S., was an active slaveholder for 56 years. oregonlive, "Protests, Juneteenth celebrations planned Friday in Portland," 19 June 2020 Every House speaker in that period was a slaveholder. NBC News, "How Juneteenth's history is being reshaped as America reckons with its past," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of slaveholder

1776, in the meaning defined above

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“Slaveholder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slaveholder. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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slaveholder

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English Language Learners Definition of slaveholder

US : a person who owns slaves

slaveholder

noun
slave·​hold·​er | \ ˈslāv-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce slaveholder (audio) \

Kids Definition of slaveholder

: an owner of slaves

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