Meaning of slave state

slave' state"

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  1. any state, nation, etc., where slavery is legal or officially condoned.
  2. the states that permitted slavery between 1820 and 1860: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
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