The mudsill Sumner was too unpolished to think of clubbing the brains out of the gentleman Brooks.
I was transformed into a mudsill and Northern hireling last spring.'
This mudsill of the world has learned to read and write and begun to think.
When used for wharves, it, however, becomes a veritable 'mudsill.'
We push below this mudsill the derelicts and half-men, whom we hate and despise, and seek to build above it—Democracy!
The insurgent moral sense of a mudsill and shopkeeping North had at last found voice and vent.
The Negro is the mudsill of the social and industrial South to-day.
Where can you scare up names like them among your mudsill folks?
He was skillful with his hands, and must therefore be a "mudsill."
A mudsill like me trying to push in and help receive an awful grandee like Edward J. Billings?
1680s, "lowest sill of a house," from mud + sill. The word entered U.S. political history in a speech by James M. Hammond of South Carolina, March 4, 1858, in U.S. Senate, alluding scornfully to the very mudsills of society, and the term subsequently was embraced by Northern workers in the pre-Civil War sectional rivalry.