free soil

free soil

noun U.S. History.
a region, especially a U.S. territory, prohibiting slavery prior to the Civil War.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism

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free-soil

[free-soil]
adjective U.S. History.
1.
pertaining to or opposing the extension of slavery in the Territories.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of the Free Soil party.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism

free-soilism, noun
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