slavocracy[slāv äk′rə sē]
slaveholders and pro-slavery forces as a dominant or powerful class in the U.S. before 1865
Origin of slavocracyslav(e) + -o- + -cracy
A ruling group of slaveholders or advocates of slavery, as in the southern United States before 1865.
- (US, historical) The persons or interest representing slavery politically, or wielding political power for the preservation or advancement of slavery.