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Chapter 16: The South and the Slavery Controversy, 1793-1860

Barbarism

the condition of being crude, uneducated, or uncivilized.

Commission

fee paid to an agent in a transaction, usually as a percentage of the sale.

Fratricidal

literally, concerning the killing of brothers; the term is often applied to the killing of relatives or countrymen in feuds or civil wars.

Gradualism

belief that slavery in the U.S. should be abolished gradually, by methods such as placing territorial limits on slavery or settling free blacks in Africa.

Middlemen

in commerce, those who stand between the producer and the retailer or consumer.

Oligarchy

rule by a small elite.

Overseer

someone who governs or directs the work of another.

Racism

belief in the superiority of one race over another or behavior reflecting such a belief.

Sabotage

intentional destruction or damage of goods, machines, or productive processes.


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