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Coffle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Coffle A gang of negro slaves being driven to market.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coffle A train or gang of slaves transported or marched for sale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coffle kof′l a gang, esp. of slaves.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. kafala, caravan
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ar. qāfilah, a caravan.

Usage

In literature:

The United States have a coffle of four millions of slaves.
"A Plea for Captain John Brown" by Henry David Thoreau
He was not only walking by the Broadway coffle, he was creeping by.
"Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
The overseer had bought some slaves at Selma, from a drove or coffle passing through the place.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
These are the head of the coffle.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The overseer had bought some slaves at Selma, from a drove or coffle passing through the place.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Their coffles passed through the place frequently.
"The Abolitionists" by John F. Hume
One Sabbath morning Garrison entered the prison and commanded that our limbs should be made ready for the coffles.
"Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, an American Slave, Written by Himself" by Henry Bibb
After stopping at the town of Kenytakooro till the 22nd of April, the coffle commenced the journey through the Jallonka wilderness.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Whole coffles of them, chained and manacled, are driven through our Capital on their way to auction.
"An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" by Lydia Maria Child
They were on their way to Tallahassee in a coffle which had been made up as a sudden speculation on the cheerful Bourse of Jacksonville.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
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In poetry:

I could not rest if I heard the tread
Of a coffle gang to the shambles led,
And the mother's shriek of wild despair
Rise like a curse on the trembling air.
"Bury Me In A Free Land" by Frances Ellen Watkins