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1. Slave State Any of the 15 states of the Union in which slavery was legal before the Civil War, including Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
2. A nation under totalitarian rule.
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(Historical Terms) history US any of the 15 Southern states in which slavery was legal until the Civil War
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any of the 15 Southern states that permitted slavery before the Civil War.
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|Noun||1.||slave state - any of the southern states in which slavery was legal prior to the American Civil War|
American state - one of the 50 states of the United States
Confederacy, Confederate States, Confederate States of America, Dixie, Dixieland, South - the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
free state - any state prohibiting slavery prior to the American Civil War
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