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.
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How to use slave state in a sentence
For much of the pre-Civil War era, slave states counted on their disproportionate representation in the Senate to frustrate anti-slavery legislation.Build Back Better is the latest victim of America’s anti-democratic Senate | Ian Millhiser | December 20, 2021 | Vox
They also emphasized such measures as the territorial clause, which granted Congress the power to ban slavery from the territories, thereby preventing the addition of new slave states.Working to end slavery, Lincoln found power — and limits — in the Constitution | Elizabeth R. Varon | January 22, 2021 | Washington Post
In 1854, he secured the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which opened those territories up to the possibility of becoming slave states.Mitch McConnell has repeated Stephen A. Douglas’s biggest mistake | Lauren Haumesser | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The Spaniards had made California a slave state, but the gold seekers by vote declared her free.The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
Kentucky was admitted into the Union as a slave state, without objection, on the 4th of February, 1791.The Slavery Question | John M. Landrum
Our forefathers—yours and mine—voted for the admission of Kentucky as a slave state.The Slavery Question | John M. Landrum
Thus, which ever way they should vote, Kansas would still remain a slave state.Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler | Pardee Butler
They lived the life of outlaws, and neither slave-state nor free-state officers dared to try to capture them.Historic Adventures | Rupert S. Holland
British Dictionary definitions for Slave State
US history any of the 15 Southern states in which slavery was legal until the Civil War
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