Vocabulary: Cultural Issues
Term Parent Description
Class (First level term)
Gender (First level term)
History (First level term)
Land-Use (First level term)
Politics (First level term)
Progress (First level term)
Race (First level term)
Region (First level term)
Religion (First level term)
Slavery (First level term)
Violence (First level term)
War (First level term)
Sex Slavery
Racialism Slavery

Used to note passages where enslaved blacks are described as members of an inferior species. The Indians in "Red Leaves," for example, say that their slaves "are like horses and dogs." SR

Labor Slavery
Domestic labor Slavery
Social value Slavery
Purchase Slavery
Violence Slavery
Interracial violence Slavery
Miscegenation Slavery
Forced migration Slavery
Metaphorical Slavery

Used to flag the passages in which a narrator or a non-enslaved character uses "slavery" metaphorically, to describe something else. Lucas Burch, for instance, complains that his job at the planing mill has him "slaving all day." SR

Ownership Slavery

For moments in the texts where owning slaves is evoked as a marker of status or wealth, as when Jason Compson connects his family pride to the fact that his ancestors owned slaves. SR

Fugitive Slavery
Self-emancipation Slavery

For textual moments in which an enslaved person or group acts upon the desire to be free, as when Loosh or unnamed groups of slaves take advantage of the proximity of the Union Army to leave the Sartoris, Sutpen and other plantations where they were enslaved. Most examples of self-emancipation occur during the Civil War, but it also applies the way Thucydus earns the money to buy himself from the McCaslins. SR

Loyalty Slavery

To note passages in which enslaved people are described - or describe themselves - as loyal to the family that owns them, as when Simon describes how happy all the Sartoris slaves were at the birth of their master's son. SR

Manumission Slavery
Commodity Slavery
Big house vs quarters Slavery
Slaves vs masters Slavery
Traditions Slavery

For instances of the patterns that became a recurring aspect of the social interactions between slaves and masters, as in the description of the young slaves approaching Sutpen's big house on Christmas morning in expectation of a gift. SR

Etiquette Slavery
Civil War Slavery
Biblical curse Slavery
Persistence over time Slavery
White anxiety Slavery

For moments in the text which describe anxiety felt by white characters about the presence or possible actions of slaves, as when Loosh's sudden appearance and behavior make Bayard uncomfortable. SR

Slaves vs poor whites Slavery
Revolt Slavery
Evil Slavery
Music Slavery
Nostalgia Slavery

When black characters, especially ones who had been enslaved, seem nostalgic for the institution of slavery. Simon in Flags in the Dust is probably the most obvious instance of this. SR

AANoSecondTerm Slavery
Biblical analogy Slavery
Quarters Slavery
African origins Slavery
Slave trading Slavery
Field slaves vs house slaves Slavery
Middle passage Slavery
Concubinage Slavery
Marriage Slavery
Naming slaves Slavery
Resistance Slavery

To index passages in which slaves are described taking a stand of some kind, usually verbal, against their enslavement. The clearest instances of this involve Loosh and Granny on the Sartoris plantation. (More direct physical forms of resistance are indexed under "Fugitive" and "Revolt.") SR

Family Slavery
Discipline Slavery

For passages that depict or refer to any elements of the system by which slaves were policed or punished, like the "Patrollers" who patrolled roads after dark to prevent slaves from leaving plantations. SR

Freedom Slavery
Minstrelsy Slavery

Used to mark the passages where the representation of a slave or group of slaves draws on the representational conventions of blackface minstrelsy, where slaves were depicted as comically inferior to whites. The scene in "Retreat" where Ringo "hollers and moans and hollers again" for "Marse John" and "Bayard and Colonel and Marse John and Granny" is an instance of this. SR

Abolition Slavery
Re-enslavement Slavery

The clearest example of this occurs in "Raid," when Granny tells the slaves she has recovered from the Union Army to go "home," to their former masters, and they seem to obey her. SR

Religion Slavery
Demographics Slavery

For passages that include specific numbers about the people or places involved, as when Bayard says that before the War on Sundays, there would be 10 slaves at the service for every 1 white person. SR

Reproduction Gender
Marriage Gender
Guilt Slavery
Transhistorical Slavery
Curse Slavery
Southern curse Slavery
Amelioration Slavery

To mark passages where white slave owners make some attempt to improve the condition of the slaves they own; the clearest example is way Buck and Buddy McCaslin treat their slaves. SR

Indian slave-owners Slavery
Emancipation Slavery
Vocabulary: Environment
Term Parent Description
Atmospheric (First level term)
Auditory (First level term)
Domestic Space (First level term)
Natural (First level term)
Olfactory (First level term)
Otherworldly (First level term)
Place (First level term)
Public (First level term)
Time of Day (First level term)
Time of Year (First level term)
Weather (First level term)
Vocabulary: Actions
Term Parent Description
Bodily (First level term)
Economic (First level term)
Emotional (First level term)
Hunting (First level term)
Interaction, Private (First level term)
Interaction, Social (First level term)
Mental (First level term)
Military (First level term)
Moral (First level term)
Movement (First level term)
Perceptual (First level term)
Physical (First level term)
Play (First level term)
Verbal (First level term)
Violent (First level term)
Work (First level term)
Vocabulary: Themes and Motifs
Term Parent Description
Absence/Loss (First level term)
Arrivals/Departures (First level term)
Art (First level term)