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Historic Stagville

Glossary of Terms

historical record – writing that has historical value; events that are remembered and preserved in some authentic form for future study.

idiomatic - peculiar to or characteristic of the style or manner of a particular group or people.

joinery – the art or trade of constructing articles or items by joining pieces of wood.

marse – idiomatic term for "master."

nogging – rough brick masonry used to fill in the open spaces of a wooden frame structure.

primary source – a piece of information about a historical event or period in which the creator of the source was an actual participant in or a contemporary of a historical moment.

sharecropping – the agricultural system in which landless farmers rent land and purchase goods on credit and pay the landlord or merchant with a share of the crop they produce.

summer gentry – the upper or ruling class of a society, usually those of great wealth or aristocratic birth who spend the summers vacationing in mild climates.


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