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free soil

US territory in which slavery was prohibited before the Civil War.
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free′ soil′

a U.S. territory in which slavery was forbidden before the Civil War.
[1840–50, Amer.]


adj. (sometimes l.c.)
1. opposing the extension of slavery into U.S. territories before the Civil War.
2. pertaining to or characteristic of the Free Soil Party.
[1840–50, Amer.]
Free′-Soil′er, n.
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The administration of Sir Edmund Andros lacked scarcely a single characteristic of tyranny: a Governor and Council, holding office from the King, and wholly independent of the country; laws made and taxes levied without concurrence of the people immediate or by their representatives; the rights of private citizens violated, and the titles of all landed property declared void; the voice of complaint stifled by restrictions on the press; and, finally, disaffection overawed by the first band of mercenary troops that ever marched on our free soil. For two years our ancestors were kept in sullen submission by that filial love which had invariably secured their allegiance to the mother country, whether its head chanced to be a Parliament, Protector, or Popish Monarch.
The intellectual experience of the people was mainly theological and political, as it was everywhere in that day, but there were several among them who had a real love for books, and when they met at the druggist's, as they did every night, to dispute of the inspiration of the Scriptures and the principles of the Free Soil party, the talk sometimes turned upon the respective merits of Dickens and Thackeray, Gibbon and Macaulay, Wordsworth and Byron.
if it comes to that, I can earn myself at least six feet of free soil,--the first and last I shall ever own in Kentucky!"
RECYCLING garden waste into a free soil conditioner or mulch is a top trick performed by smart gardeners.
It incorporates discussion of their short congressional terms and their roles in the Civil War, suggesting a dialectical relationship between Lincoln's role as a politician and Greeley's role in the press, and combining Lincoln's conservative beliefs in a social order with progressive policies published in Greeley's newspaper, including the promotion of free soil in the West, a government devoted to national infrastructure development, and an end to slavery.
Plant in light shade, in shelter, and moist well-drained, humus-rich, free soil or in a container, in ericaceous compost.
mulch light free soil Another version of this, which I favour, is to weed as much as you can and then use a heavy mulch of bark to suppress future weed growth.
In 1860, fearful of chaos he saw stemming from disunion and hostile to Republicans' free soil ideology, Everett took second place on the (losing) Constitutional Union ticket.
The University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library has recently acquired 30 rare photos from the Bitely and Free Soil camps, two African-American Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps that existed in Michigan during the Great Depression.
He said that directions have been given for the collection of 20,000 samples of soils till June 2017 out of which 2,000 samples had been collected so far, adding that free soil testing facility was being provided at district level.
HYDERABAD -- The management of Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) is providing facilities of free soil and water testing to growers of the country so that they could use fertilizers after assessment of their agriculture fields and get maximum production of their produces.
(Four years later, Van Buren's faction would walk out altogether, forming the nucleus of the new Free Soil Party.) And when Polk defeated Henry Clay in November, the country was set on the road to seizing the Southwest--and to some key disputes in the lead-up to the Civil War.

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