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peculiar institution

black slavery in the southern U.S. before the Civil War.
Origin of peculiar institution
1835-45, Americanism Unabridged
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  • He intensely felt the indignity which the Abolitionists cast upon his native State, and upon its peculiar institution.

  • He appeared devoted to the interests of the peculiar institution.

    The Exiles of Florida Joshua R. Giddings
  • The Irish jaunting-car is a peculiar institution, and we all sat with our legs dangling over the road in a "dim and perilous way."

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
  • It indicates the way, too, for the abolishment of the peculiar institution of Utah.

    The Life of John Taylor B. H. Roberts
  • He had been raised under the shadow of a peculiar institution and had imbibed a strong prejudice against anything like work.

  • Those who read this book may form their own opinions of the "peculiar institution."

    Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup
  • This was our first experience of the western "peculiar institution," and it was not very prepossessing.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It is needless to say that he did not approve of the "peculiar institution."

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • The Anglo-Saxons rejoiced in their system of trial by jury, and boasted it as their peculiar institution.

  • He was decidedly averse to the peculiar institution in every particular.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
Contemporary definitions for peculiar institution

a term for black slavery in southern US prior to the Civil War's 21st Century Lexicon
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