improperly forward or bold
He deemed all such inquiries on the part of a slave improper and
impertinent, and evidence of a restless spirit.
a slight suggestion or vague understanding
Called thus suddenly away, she left me without the slightest
intimation of who my father was.
issue an order
The whisper that my master was my father, may or may not be true; and, true or false, it is of but little consequence to my purpose whilst the fact remains, in all its glaring odiousness, that slaveholders have
ordained, and by law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the condition of their mothers; and this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable;
without change, in every case
I know of such cases; and it is worthy of remark that such slaves
invariably suffer greater hardships, and have more to contend with, than others.
make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude
She is ever
disposed to find fault with them; they can seldom do any thing to please her; she is never better pleased than when she sees them under the lash, especially when she suspects her husband of showing to his mulatto children favors which he withholds from his black slaves.
extremely evil or cruel
She now stood fair for his
give expression to
If a slave was convicted of any high misdemeanor, became unmanageable, or
evinced a determination to run away, he was brought immediately here, severely whipped, put on board the sloop, carried to Baltimore, and sold to Austin Woolfolk, or some other slave-trader, as a warning to the slaves remaining.
act of depriving someone of food or money or rights
There were no beds given the slaves, unless one coarse blanket be considered such, and none but the men and women had these. This, however, is not considered a very great
a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
His death was regarded by the slaves as the result of a merciful
feeling great delight
They would sometimes sing the most pathetic sentiment in the most
rapturous tone, and the most
rapturous sentiment in the most pathetic tone.
showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
If any one wishes to be impressed with the soul-killing effects of slavery, let him go to Colonel Lloyd's plantation, and, on allowance-day, place himself in the deep pine woods, and there let him, in silence, analyze the sounds that shall pass through the chambers of his soul,--and if he is not thus impressed, it will only be because "there is no flesh in his
providing no shelter or sustenance
The singing of a man cast away upon a
desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion.
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
Colonel Lloyd could not
brook any contradiction from a slave.
not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
He was immediately chained and handcuffed; and thus, without a moment's warning, he was snatched away, and forever sundered, from his family and friends, by a hand more
unrelenting than death.
a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
The frequency of this has had the effect to establish among the slaves the
maxim, that a still tongue makes a wise head.
receive into the mind and retain
Moreover, slaves are like other people, and
imbibe prejudices quite common to others.
curse or declare to be evil or anathema
At the very same time, they mutually
execrate their masters when viewed separately.
standing above others in quality or position
Mr. Hopkins was succeeded by Mr. Austin Gore, a man possessing, in an
eminent degree, all those traits of character indispensable to what is called a first-rate overseer.
be persistent, refuse to stop
Mr. Gore was proud, ambitious, and
a disrespectful statement
He was one of those who could torture the slightest look, word, or gesture, on the part of the slave, into
impudence, and would treat it accordingly.
be of use to, be useful to
No matter how innocent a slave might be--it
availed him nothing, when accused by Mr. Gore of any misdemeanor.
reprimand, scold, or express disapproval of
He was cruel enough to inflict the severest punishment, artful enough to descend to the lowest trickery, and obdurate enough to be insensible to the voice of a
He had given Demby but few stripes, when, to get rid of the
scourging, he ran and plunged himself into a creek, and stood there at the depth of his shoulders, refusing to come out.
the act of overthrowing or destroying, as a government
He was setting a dangerous example to the other slaves,--one which, if suffered to pass without some such demonstration on his part, would finally lead to the total
subversion of all rule and order upon the plantation.
call before a court to answer an indictment
Thus she escaped not only punishment, but even the pain of being
arraigned before a court for her horrid crime.