Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Advocating the practice of slavery.

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  • adj. Supporting slavery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Favoring slavery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In United States history, favoring the principles and continuance of the institution of slavery, or opposed to national interference there-with: as, a pro-slavery Whig; pro-slavery resolutions.

Etymologies

pro- +‎ slavery (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One living park fixture, Richard Kessler, is convinced Olmsted had Lincoln face north to defy proslavery tycoons in Manhattan.

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  • He was tried for treason against the state of Virginia, the murder of five proslavery Southerners, and inciting a slave insurrection and was subsequently hanged.

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  • During most of the antebellum period (roughly 1790 – 1860) proslavery forces had much more power in Congress and the executive branch than antislavery ones, and a unitary policy on slavery and/or the rights of free blacks at that time would probably meant a compromise far closer to the slave state laws of the day than the free state ones.

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  • Somin: During most of the antebellum period (roughly 1790 – 1860) proslavery forces had much more power in Congress and the executive branch than antislavery ones, ...

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  • In response to a series of atrocities committed by the proslavery side, Brown and his men invaded cabins along Pottawatomie Creek and killed five proslavery settlers.

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  • The intransigence of proslavery forces, he believed, impelled him to take up arms.

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  • It also includes strident proslavery pronouncements by Southerners like the Georgia politician Alexander H.

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  • William Henry Harrison had served only a few weeks; after his death, the obscure Tyler governed in open defiance of the Whig Party that had put him on the ticket, pressing unpopular proslavery policies that helped set the stage for the Civil War.

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  • Barber, Thomas W., 1814 - 1855, Bloomington, free state supporter, shot and killed by a proslavery supporter, named in Representative Hall

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  • As more people moved to Kansas, conflicts erupted between proslavery and free-state settlers in Kansas.

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