Everything presented herein leads back to the common notion that the female slave experience was very unique to that of the males'. Because of this uniqueness, there has been a lasting impact on women and families that stretches even into contemporary society and culture. Please take note of the following terms throughout this site:
antebellum: conditions existing before the Civil War
chattel :1. an item of tangible property other than real estate 2. slave, bondman
citizen:a person who owes allegiance to a government, and is entitled to its protection
concubine:a "mistress". A female that serves a master sexually. Not a wife.
condition of the mother: refers to the slave status being hereditary. Law stated that child would "follow the condition of the mother," which provided a safeguard for white males when their black concubines would become pregnant.
conjugal: referring to the state of matrimony
dehumanization: to deprive of human qualities, personality, or spirit. Giving someone "animal status."
hiring day: the particular day when slaves are brought to the auction block.
kin: an individualís relatives
manumission: to manumit, or free from slavery
mulatto:a person of mixed black and white ancestry
mutual obligation: the idea that the master was obligated to provide certain lively necessities to his slaves and respect them; in return, the slaves would do their work, obey their masters, and cause no trouble.
perpetual: continuing forever, everlasting
primary sources: documents written by the people who experienced certain events, as opposed to secondary sources, which are written by outside authors.
resistance :1. To fight against, oppose 2. To combat or repel
sexual abuse: refers to molestation, harassment, rape, and other forms of unwanted sexual advancements.