Virginia Slave Code

(1860)

Glossary

  • balls bullets
  • commonwealth the official name of four U.S. states: Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky
  • pillory a framework with holes for the head and feet, used to expose criminals to public humiliation
  • recognizance recorded obligation entered before a court to appear in court at a particular time or pay a penalty
  • Richmond the capital city of Virginia
  • shew an antique spelling of “show”
  • stocks a framework on which a criminal was subjected to public humiliation
  • stripes whipping
  • sureties persons who promise to pay a sum of money in the event that another person fails to fulfill an obligation
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Illustration of African Americans escaping from slavery (Library of Congress)

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