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

  • adj. Prohibiting slavery: free-soil states.
  • adj. Opposing the extension of slavery before the U.S. Civil War.
  • adj. Of or being a U.S. political party founded in 1848 to oppose the extension of slavery into U.S. territories and the admission of slave states into the Union.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or advocating, the non-extension of slavery; -- esp. applied to a party which was active during the period 1846-1856.
  • adj. Pertaining to territory where slavery was prohibited.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In favor of free soil or territory—that is, opposed to slavery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. where slavery was prohibited


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  • All of the organized territories were likely to become free-soil states, which increased the Southern movement toward secession.

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  • “To the free-soil town of Lawrence,” replied Papa.


  • In his “house divided” speeches he made it clear that he thought that the country must either become all slave owning or all free-soil with free-soil being his preference.

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  • He had the idea of setting up a free-soil settlement north of New Orleans.

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  • The fat Senator Samuel Pomeroy, a hero of the free-soil struggle in Kansas before the Civil War, was exposed for bribery in his own reelection.

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  • As Charlie watched, Papa and the other free-soil men formed a line, blocking the road.


  • The trouble began on November 21, 1855, when a free-soil settler named Charles Dow was shot by his neighbor, Franklin Coleman, a proslavery man.


  • Sure enough, Papa was in the long dining room drinking coffee with Ed Dillon and the other free-soil men.


  • ” The opening of Kansas to settlement under the Douglas doctrine of popular sovereignty precipitated a mad scramble for control between proslavery and free-soil elements.

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  • If they avoided sensitive occupations, demis might easily be able to fade away into the general population — especially on the free-soil worlds.

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