Mason-Dixon line


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Mason-Dixon Line
The original line extended from the southeast corner of the colony of Pennsylvania 233 miles west and 82 miles south.

Ma·son-Dix·on Line

 (mā′sən-dĭk′sən)
A line marking the boundary between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland, established between 1763 and 1767 by the British surveyors Charles Mason (1730-1787) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779). It was regarded as the division between free and slave states before the Civil War.

Mason-Dixon Line

(ˈmeɪsə n ˈdɪksən) or

Mason and Dixon Line

n
(Human Geography) the state boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania: surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon; popularly regarded as the dividing line between North and South, esp between the free and the slave states before the American Civil War

Ma′son-Dix′on line`

or Ma′son and Dix′on line`,


n.
the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland surveyed (1763–67) by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, regarded as separating North from South.
[1770–80, Amer.]
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Noun1.Mason-Dixon line - the boundary between Maryland and PennsylvaniaMason-Dixon line - the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania; symbolic dividing line between North and South before the American Civil War
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Civil War Days began in 1982 and took place each May, featuring a daily cannon-fire battle between historical portrayers representing both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, along with reenactments of 1860s-era medical care, music, campsites, clothing, food and prominent political figures.
Two decades after Confederates in the Attic, Massachusetts-based journalist Tony Horwitz dips back below the Mason-Dixon Line and into an ongoing national conflict in Spying on the South (Penguin Press, $30, 496 pages, 9781101980286).
This week, we're heading across the Atlantic and touching down somewhere in the Deep South of the US, way below the Mason-Dixon Line, where, in my imagination, we're driving our pick-up truck through the deep forests of Tennessee.
I was on a business trip here and the staff set up an interview/feeding frenzy at Sonic's world headquarters, located in OKC's Bricktown, which is one of the coolest places south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
I was on a business trip there last week and the staff set up an interview/feeding frenzy at Sonic's world headquarters, located in OKC's Bricktown, which is one of the coolest places south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
"The volumes and multiples we are seeing now, as well as the sheer number of repeat buyers and closed transactions, especially below the Mason-Dixon Line, could never have been predicted even as recently as five years ago.
Setting Alaska and Hawaii aside for geographic and logistical reasons, nearly all of the Top 12 non-white states are south of the Mason-Dixon line. Only four are not, and they are New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
As such, he must finally resolve his own moral quandary: comment on the war from his influential and safe position in Northern Society, or make a news story and a target of himself South of the Mason-Dixon Line, in a city haunted by a life he has long since left behind?
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On both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, soldiers and civilians, men and women, enslaved and free tried to survive the growing violence.
Ayers (In the Presence of Mine Enemies) chronicles the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath in two Great Valley communities on opposite sides of the Mason-Dixon line: Augusta County in Virginia, and Franklin County in Pennsylvania.
The Mason-Dixon Line separating North and South would have been as unguardable as the present US southern borders.