Free Soil Party

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Free Soil Party

(Historical Terms) a former US political party opposing slavery from 1848 until 1854 when it merged with the Republican party

Free′ Soil′ Par`ty

a former political party (1845–54) that opposed the extension of slavery into U.S. territories.
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Noun1.Free Soil Party - a former political party in the United States; formed in 1848 to oppose the extension of slavery into the territories; merged with the Liberty Party in 1848
party, political party - an organization to gain political power; "in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"
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Higginson was an iconoclast on steroids, an Abolitionist, a promoter of women's rights, a defender of Catholics, a gun runner for the free soilers in "bleeding Kansas'' in the 1850s, a protector of runaway slaves, the commanding colonel of the first regiment of former slaves to fight in the Civil War.
Chase's interpretation of the Constitution," wrote Foner, "formed the legal basis for the political program which was created by the Liberty Party and inherited in large part by the Free Soilers and Republicans.
As far as he was concerned, war had already been declared by the "pukes," the Missouri Border Ruffians who had murdered free soilers and sacked the town of Lawrence, stronghold of the western abolitionist movement.
Free Soilers wanted to "restrict" an institution which promoted "aristocratic privilege" (p.

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