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One who owns or holds slaves.

slave′hold′ing adj. & n.
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Noun1.slaveholding - the practice of owning slaves
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
Adj.1.slaveholding - allowing slavery; "the slaveholding South"
unfree - held in servitude; "he was born of slave parents"
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Dawson's Landing was a slaveholding town, with a rich, slave-worked grain and pork country back of it.
Such will try to discredit the shocking tales of slaveholding cruelty which are recorded in this truthful Narrative; but they will labor in vain.
Recent years have seen the massacre of black worshippers at a South Carolina church, fierce debates over the memorialization of white-supremacist American leaders and the ascendancy of a president who admires Andrew Jackson, a slaveholding Tennessee "populist." As progress toward racial equality seems ever in danger of being erased, Americans have sought to make sense of the present by looking to the past--and looking south.
If slaveholding states could not have counted slaves at all, the Constitution would not have been ratified and there would not be a union.
Single, White, Slaveholding Women in the Nineteenth-Century American South
The colonies that he tried to establish were slaveholding colonies, and he engendered a fair amount of support from American Southerners in pro-slavery states.
Tracing his family roots back through court records and other sources he learns that his great-great grandfather expanded his slaveholding from fourteen to twenty slaves at the start of the Civil War.
Under President John Tyler, slaveholding secretaries of state Abel Upshur and John C.
The slaveholding oligarchy was defeated in the Civil War.
During the American Civil War, Maryland was a slaveholding state.
elites, and the brutality and tenacity of the American slaveholding class, while never losing sight of the freedom struggles of Africans both on the island and on the mainland, which sought the fulfillment of the emancipatory promise of 18th century republicanism.
One hundred and fifty-two years agoAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA today, President Abraham Lin delivered his famous ( Gettysburg Address AaAaAeAeAaAeAeA AaAaAeAeAaAeAeA at aAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA dedication ceremony forAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA National CemeteryAaAaAeAeAaAeAeA in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.AaAaAeAeAaAeAeA One of the mos political addresses in American history, it was delivered following the Union armies' defeat over the slaveholding ( Confederacy AaAaAeAeAaAeAeA in the U.S.