Vocabulary: Cultural Issues
Term IDsort descending Term Parent Description
239 Class (First level term)
240 Gender (First level term)
241 History (First level term)
242 Land-Use (First level term)
243 Politics (First level term)
244 Progress (First level term)
245 Race (First level term)
246 Region (First level term)
247 Religion (First level term)
248 Slavery (First level term)
249 Violence (First level term)
250 War (First level term)
271 Sex Slavery
272 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

273 Labor Slavery
274 Domestic labor Slavery
275 Social value Slavery
276 Purchase Slavery
277 Violence Slavery
278 Interracial violence Slavery
279 Miscegenation Slavery
280 Forced migration Slavery
281 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

282 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

283 Fugitive Slavery
284 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

285 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

286 Manumission Slavery
287 Commodity Slavery
288 Big house vs quarters Slavery
289 Slaves vs masters Slavery
290 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

291 Etiquette Slavery
292 Civil War Slavery
293 Biblical curse Slavery
294 Persistence over time Slavery
296 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

297 Slaves vs poor whites Slavery
298 Revolt Slavery
299 Evil Slavery
300 Music Slavery
301 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

302 AANoSecondTerm Slavery
303 Biblical analogy Slavery
304 Quarters Slavery
305 African origins Slavery
306 Slave trading Slavery
307 Field slaves vs house slaves Slavery
308 Middle passage Slavery
309 Concubinage Slavery
310 Marriage Slavery
311 Naming slaves Slavery
312 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

313 Family Slavery
314 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

315 Freedom Slavery
316 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

317 Abolition Slavery
318 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

319 Religion Slavery
320 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

322 Reproduction Gender
323 Marriage Gender
324 Guilt Slavery
325 Transhistorical Slavery
326 Curse Slavery
327 Southern curse Slavery
328 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

329 Indian slave-owners Slavery
330 Emancipation Slavery
Vocabulary: Environment
Term IDsort descending Term Parent Description
331 Atmospheric (First level term)
332 Auditory (First level term)
333 Domestic Space (First level term)
334 Natural (First level term)
335 Olfactory (First level term)
336 Otherworldly (First level term)
337 Place (First level term)
338 Public (First level term)
339 Time of Day (First level term)
340 Time of Year (First level term)
341 Weather (First level term)
Vocabulary: Actions
Term IDsort descending Term Parent Description
342 Bodily (First level term)
343 Economic (First level term)
344 Emotional (First level term)
345 Hunting (First level term)
346 Interaction, Private (First level term)
347 Interaction, Social (First level term)
348 Mental (First level term)
349 Military (First level term)
350 Moral (First level term)
351 Movement (First level term)
352 Perceptual (First level term)
353 Physical (First level term)
354 Play (First level term)
355 Verbal (First level term)
356 Violent (First level term)
357 Work (First level term)
Vocabulary: Themes and Motifs
Term IDsort descending Term Parent Description
358 Absence/Loss (First level term)
362 Arrivals/Departures (First level term)
363 Art (First level term)