slav·​oc·​ra·​cy | \ slā-ˈvä-krə-sē How to pronounce slavocracy (audio) \

Definition of slavocracy

: a faction of slaveholders and advocates of slavery in the South before the American Civil War

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Recent Examples on the Web As adamant as the slavocracy remained, time and history were not on its side. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "'Crooked Path to Abolition' review: How Lincoln, an antislavery moderate, abolished slavery," 12 Jan. 2021 In post-slavery—and post–policing-of-slavery—America, racist policing in the American slavocracy was also tied to partnerships with the private violence of organizations like the Ku Klux Klan. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Fear of a Black Uprising," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of slavocracy

1840, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2021

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“Slavocracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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