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bondman a male bound as a slave or serf; bond servant.
bond servant one who is bound as a slave or serf. [1/2 definitions]
chattel a slave. [1/2 definitions]
contraband during the American Civil War, a slave under the Confederacy who fled to or was taken into territory occupied by Union forces. Such fugitive slaves were, in a sense, free, in that they were not returned by the Union to Confederate slave owners. Instead, however, they were declared captured enemy war materials, or "contraband of war." Thousands of contrabands worked as paid, though exploited, laborers for the Union. [1/5 definitions]
enslave to cause to be a slave or to be in a condition of bondage.
freeman one who is free, and not a slave or serf. [1/2 definitions]
galley slave a slave or convict forced to work at an oar on a galley. [1/2 definitions]
helot a serf or slave.
Juneteenth the anniversary and celebration of the day, June 19, 1865, on which the abolition of slavery in the Confederate states was announced in Texas by Union Army forces. Before this date, slaves in Texas, part of the Confederacy, had no way of knowing that they had been freed on January 1, 1863 by the Emancipation Proclamation; thus, June 19th, now a Federal holiday, is celebrated each year in commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Technically, all slaves became free in the United States upon the adoption of the 13th Amendment at the end of 1865. The amendment abolished slavery everywhere, including in those slave-owning states that had not joined the Confederacy.
Mackenzie River a river in Canada flowing from Great Slave Lake west and north toward the Arctic Ocean.
manumit to free (a slave or bondman); emancipate.
master a possessor of a slave or animal. [1/13 definitions]
odalisque a female slave or concubine in a harem.
servile of or customary for a slave or servant. [1/2 definitions]
Simon Legree in the mid-nineteenth-century novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, a cruel overseer and slave dealer. [2 definitions]
slave to work like a drudge or slave. [1/4 definitions]
slaver2 a slave trader or a ship used to transport slaves.
slavery the state or condition of being a slave. [1/4 definitions]
slavish of, like, or befitting a slave; servile; submissive. [1/2 definitions]
Uncle Tom the title character in Uncle Tom's Cabin, a mid-nineteenth century novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom is a black slave whose religious beliefs move him to forgive his oppressors. [1/2 definitions]