- any state, nation, etc., where slavery is legal or officially condoned.
- Slave States, U.S. History. the states that permitted slavery between 1820 and 1860: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Origin of slave state
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for slave state
The slave-state men thought that the time had come to strike a blow that should settle the question in Kansas permanently.Historic Adventures
Rupert S. Holland
This convention was controlled by the slave-state men and adopted a constitution providing for slavery.
The free-state men and the slave-state men each elected a Delegate to Congress.
And from that time forth the fight was on between the free-state and slave-state parties in the new Territory.The Jefferson-Lemen Compact
Willard C. MacNaul.
You have no more right to force a free-State constitution on Kansas than a slave-State constitution.Presidential Candidates:
D. W. Bartlett
- US history any of the 15 Southern states in which slavery was legal until the Civil War
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