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bolls
seed pods, flax, or in this case, cotton
traipsing
walking purposelessly
akimbo
with the hands on the hips and the elbows turned out
sharecropping
system in which a tenant farmer gives a share of the crops as rent
loitering
standing around idly; lingering without purpose
clabber milk
sour milk
belfry
tower or steeple housing a bell
bridge
to cross over (as if on a bridge)
Reconstruction
the period after the Civil War (1865-1877), when the southern states were reorganzied and re-established in the Union
red-neck
a member of the white laboring class in the rural South {a derogatory term)
tawny
lighy brown to brownish orange
switch
thin rod, stick or twig used for whipping
compound
a group of buildings
Uncle Tomming
a black's showing humiliating respectfulness toward whites )after Uncle Tom, the title character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin"
ginned
removed seeds from cotton by using machine called a gin
interminable
seemingly without end; drawn out unreasonably
collateral
property used to guarantee a loan
burning
an act of deliberately setting fire to another's person or property; in this case, a crime perpretrated by whites against blacks
shantytown
a town or part of town with run-down huts or cabins
ashen
the color of ashes
persnickety
demanding strict attention to detail; fussy
towheaded
having white-blond hair
despondently
with feeling of despair or dejection
scoffed
mocked; scorned
en masse
all together, as one body
knell
the sounding of a bell as a signal
ebony
black; the color of ebony wood
clinched
held together tightly, as a fist or jaw
condoned
forgave; overlooked a wrong
chignon
a roll or knot of hair at the back of the head or nape of the neck
cauldron
large kettle
tarpaulin
a waterproof cover
fleeted
passed swiftly
bootleg
illegal
chiffonier
high chest of drawers
crescendo
a gradual increase in volume or intensity
verandas
roofed porches along the outsides of buildings
Mercantile
having to do with trade or merchants; here specifically to the store Barnett's Mercantile
cockatoo
a kind of parrot