"Passenger on the Pearl" by Winifred ConklingNovember/December 2016 AR Biography/Autobiography Activity
"In such circumstances, slave traders were known to falsify documents and add a year or more to the reported age of their young female slaves." (p.6)
Based upon the context clues, the word "falsify" means to make false or incorrect.
"While she had not experienced such hardships herself, Emily had seen coffles of slaves shuffling down the streets of the city, men and women walking with shackles around their ankles and handcuffs on their wrists, paired together and linked by long metal chains." (p.6)
Based upon the context clues, the word "coffles" means a line of slaves, animals, or prisoners chained and driven along together.
"That wall hid the truth, a reality that genteel white residents of the nation's capital didn't want to see and enslaved people didn't want to be reminded of." (p.11)
Based upon the context clues, the word "genteel" means refined, elegant, or stylish.
"There was no turning back: They were fugitives now." (p.14)
Based upon the context clues, the word "fugitive" means a person who is fleeing from intolerable circumstances. (Runaway)
"No one knows what scripture was read or what prayers were shared aloud, but it is known that the runaways stage an impromptu church service in the dark cabin below on Sunday morning." (p.19)
Based upon the context clues, the word "impromptu" means to suddenly or hastily do.
"As the evening wore on, the crowd became increasingly excited and belligerent-louder, bigger, angrier." (p. 40)
Based upon the context clues, the word "belligerent" means to be of war-like character; aggressively hostile; or bellicose.
Paul Edmondson father of the runaways,was freed when his owner died and emancipated him in her will, and worked to save money to buy a 40-acre farm in Montgomery County." (p.46)
Based upon the context clues, the word "emancipated" means to be freed from bondage or slavery.
"The girls jumped and clapped and laughed and shouted. Paul held his daughters tenderly and tried to quiet them. He certainly shared their exuberance, but he may have known that even as free women their lives would not be free of hardship and discrimination.
Based upon the context clues, the word "exuberance" means to be extremely joyous and vigorous.
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