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1. Prohibiting slavery: free-soil states.
a. Opposing the extension of slavery before the US Civil War.
b. Free-Soil Of or being a US political party founded in 1848 to oppose the extension of slavery into US territories and the admission of slave states into the Union.

Free′-Soil′er (-soi′lər) n.
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - where slavery was prohibited; "a free-soil state"
free - not held in servitude; "after the Civil War he was a free man"
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Family responsibilities prevented him from implementing a plan to incite the necessary rebellion until the "Sack" of the Kansas free-soil capital at Lawrence triggered him into action.
On the question of slavery Calvin Wiley attempted to take a middle position between the arguments of Southern fire-eaters that slavery was a positive good and the abolitionist and free-soil notions that were sundering both the Whig party and Wiley's Presbyterian Church.
(1) Other parties existed during this time span, including the Anti-Federalist Party, the Liberty Party, the Free-Soil Party, and the Know-Nothing Party (also known as the American Party).