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slave state

noun
1.
any state, nation, etc., where slavery is legal or officially condoned.
2.
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
1800-1810
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10
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Slave State

noun
1.
(US, history) any of the 15 Southern states in which slavery was legal until the Civil War
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