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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"
References in classic literature ?
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.
As a result legislators sought to counter this view in a slaveholding society, apparently believing that the law would encourage masters to instruct their slaves in Christianity.
The campaign of resistance against the Turkish government's slaveholding and cruelties has started by staging rallies in Istanbul and Ankara and the campaign will continue across Turkey in November," Cherkezoglu told FNA on Saturday.
Rosalie remained in Cuba for a while but sent her daughter Elisabeth with her godmother, the widow Aubert, to the American slaveholding city of New Orleans, to which thousands of Haitian refugees had fled.
By some estimates, the war between the North and the South-or between the slaveholding states and the non-slaveholding states, as statesmen, journalists, and religious leaders in the Confederacy framed the conflict--is second only to Jesus Christ in terms of published works.
76) In his speech, Chase declined to adopt the view expressed by other abolitionists "that no slaveholding, in any State of the Union, is compatible with a true and just construction of the Constitution," (77) but favored instead "its removal from each State by State authority.
The Black Count meticulously evokes the spirit of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, but it also explains the exasperating paradox of a nation that was simultaneously a huge slaveholding empire and the pioneering exponent of the concept of 'liberte, egalite, fraternite.
The Fall of the House of Dixie is intended "to help fill that gaping hole in our collective memory," tracing how a "great and terrible war undermined the economic, social, and political foundations of the old South, destroying human bondage and the storied world of the slaveholding elite.
Following the opening narrative of Sarah Gayle, Fox-Genovese launches into a description of the slaveholding "household.
More surprising is the claim that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain should be considered a sentimental depiction of antebellum "innocence and interracial harmony" (222); such a view of Twain's stern and dark depiction of the slaveholding south is more reflective of the earlier "Cold War" style of criticism that is out of touch with current debates within Twain scholarship.
Johnson and his collaborating editors come together and provide a discussion that focuses on the concepts of racism and slaveholding, and how interpretations of the Gospel of Paul have been used to justify both throughout history.