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Published on January 4, 2008

Author: pamelag1972



Words students can learn and understand during a unit on slavery

Slavery Words


To execute without due process of law, especially to hang, as by a mob.

What amendment of the Constitution did lynching violate?

Lynching in Milwaukee

What is the root word of abolitionist ?

The root word is abolish. What does it mean to abolish something? What is something you would like to see abolished?

a person who advocated or supported the abolition of slavery in the U.S.


plantation The word “Plant” in plantation gives us a clue as to what happens on a plantation.

Historically used for "colony, settlement in a new land" (1614); meaning "large farm on which tobacco or cotton is planted and grown"


overseer a person who oversees; supervisor; manager: the overseer of a plantation.


industries trade or manufacture in general What kinds of things Were manufactured from crops grown on plantations?

capital There are many meanings to the word capital.What are some meanings you know about the word capital?

the wealth, whether in money or property, owned or employed in business by an individual, firm, corporation, etc .

mill a factory for certain kinds of manufacture, as paper, steel, textiles, or flour


slave codes Slave codes were laws each southern state had defining the status of slaves and the rights of masters; the code gave slave owners near-absolute power over the right of their human property

spiritual A religious folk song of African-American origin.

sectionalism excessive regard for sectional or local Interests; regional or local spirit, prejudice, etc.



person who is fleeing, from prosecution, intolerable circumstances, etc.; a runaway




secede To withdraw formally from membership in an organization, association, or alliance.


woe distress, affliction, or trouble


What is something in your life or experience that caused you woe?

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