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

Definition of slaveholder

: an owner of slaves

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

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All of those slaves, and all of those slaveholders, are long gone. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Doing the math while debating teachers’ salaries (9/8/19)," 8 Sep. 2019 For those keeping score at home: Whatever their preferences or prejudices, the great majority of Confederate soldiers were not slaveholders. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Doing the math while debating teachers’ salaries (9/8/19)," 8 Sep. 2019 The education policy proposal comes after O’Rourke vowed to recommit himself to addressing racial inequality in minority schools following a Guardian report that found his ancestors were slaveholders. Dallas News, "Here's Beto O'Rourke's plan to eliminate racial inequality in the education system," 24 July 2019 The Johnsons were taken to Philadelphia by slaveholder John Hill Wheeler, who was traveling to New York. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Underground Railroad Safe House Discovered in Philadelphia," 23 Mar. 2018 Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, was also a slaveholder from the South. Russell Contreras, Fortune, "Donald Trump Is Not the First U.S. President to Be Called Racist," 30 July 2019 The Obama administration had proposed putting her on the $20 bill, replacing former president and slaveholder Andrew Jackson. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "The Trailer for the New Harriet Tubman Biopic Is Here," 23 July 2019 Mnuchin announced last month that Tubman, an abolitionist, would not replace President Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder, on the $20 bill in 2020 as the Obama administration had planned. Erin Cox, Washington Post, "Put Tubman on the $20 bill now, Gov. Hogan tells Trump administration," 11 June 2019 That so many of the Founding Fathers, including the leaders of the Revolution and the authors of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, were slaveholders is both an irony and a paradox. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of slaveholder

1776, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of slaveholder

US : a person who owns slaves


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

Kids Definition of slaveholder

: an owner of slaves

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