Definitions

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

  • n. A ruling group of slaveholders or advocates of slavery, as in the southern United States before 1865.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The persons or interest representing slavery politically, or wielding political power for the preservation or advancement of slavery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The persons or interest formerly representing slavery politically, or wielding political power for the preservation or advancement of slavery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Slave-owners collectively, or their interests, influence, and power, especially as exercised in the maintenance of slavery.

Etymologies

slave +‎ -o- +‎ -cracy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Brown grasped the painful truth that the reactionaries of his own era, those who championed centuries of white supremacy's "slavocracy" were -- like today's plutocrats -- utterly without shame.

    Paula Gordon: Make a Joyful Noise

  • Lincoln would have had no severe punishments inflicted even on leaders, but Johnson wanted to destroy the "slavocracy," root and branch.

    The Sequel of Appomattox : a chronicle of the reunion of the states

  • Rising from humble beginnings, he was animated by the most intense dislike of the "slavocracy," as he called the political aristocracy of the South.

    The Sequel of Appomattox : a chronicle of the reunion of the states

  • Twain admitted to once having embraced all the most cherished beliefs about racial difference and black inferiority that gave moral justification to the slavocracy of the antebellum South.

    Craig Hotchkiss: Rewriting Huckleberry Finn Twists Twain's Intentions

  • Lundberg noted the "slavocracy was not terminated .... for moral reasons; it committed suicide for political and economic reasons, blinded by simple greed and vaingloriousness, and long after slavery was abolished in most places elsewhere."

    Reviewing Ferdinand Lundberg's "Cracks in the Constitution"

  • No, Adams used the Law and his wits to mock the slavocracy every chance he had.

    AN OPEN LETTER TO REPRESENTATIVE AND CANDIDATE DENNIS KUCINICH

  • Such a view ignored the actual development of the class struggle at that point: Up until that decade the bourgeoisie had played a commanding role within the revolutionary movement, based on its leadership of the struggle against the slavocracy.

    The History of May Day

  • Several months later, Lincoln received a lengthy letter from expatriate Samuel T. Glover warning of KGC plans to absorb a long-unstable and vulnerable Mexico—as well as “the whole of Central and parts of South America”—to expand a “slavocracy.”

    Shadow of the Sentinel

  • But Mr. McCain certainly knows better, if only because his campaign in that state is being assisted by one of the most active apologists for the Southern slavocracy.

    Confederacy's Dunces Are Supporting McCain

  • The Communist position is that those who favored slavocracy opposed the abolition of human slavery in the past; it is quite possible that a diehard capitalist minority might oppose the abolition of the capitalist profit system in the future.

    Statement at the Smith Act Trial

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