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Free State

noun
1.
U.S. History. (before the Civil War) a state in which slavery was prohibited.
Origin of Free State
1640-1650
1640-50
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  • The rejoicing of the free-state men over this not too brilliant victory was short-lived.

    Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2 John George Nicolay and John Hay
  • This election had been called by the free-state men to be held October 9th.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • Osawatomie was sacked and burned, Leavenworth invaded and plundered, and free-state men were killed.

    Nineteenth Century Questions James Freeman Clarke
  • The Chairman then asked who commanded the free-state men at Lawrence.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • But popular sentiment was also overwhelmingly against it; he estimated that the voters were for a free-state more than two to one.

    Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2 John George Nicolay and John Hay
  • There was no violence and no contest; the free-state men had no separate candidate.

  • Fired by this success, the leaders of the free-state army planned to capture Lawrence.

    Historic Adventures Rupert S. Holland
  • It was evident that he was unaware that this was unjust to the "free-state" men.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858 John William Burgess
  • They were afraid that they would not be allowed to organize their "free-state" government, created by the Topeka constitution.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858 John William Burgess
  • The "free-state" men were not yet, however, ready to trust the Governor.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858 John William Burgess
British Dictionary definitions for free-state

Free State

noun
1.
a province of central South Africa; replaced the former province of Orange Free State in 1994: gold and uranium mining. Capital: Bloemfontein. Pop: 2 950 661 (2004 est). Area: 129 480 sq km (49 992 sq miles)
2.
(US, history) (before the Civil War) any state prohibiting slavery
3.
short for Irish Free State
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