n.1.The act or condition of holding chattels; the state of being a chattel.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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As Eric Sundquist describes, "Minstrelsy and chattelism are joined in the ham, a sign of labor, of stereotyped behaviors of consumption, and of the underlying theory of animality that linked the two in the subliminal, or even the tendentiously public, discourse of racism" (379).
Like Dave, each of these characters suffers a two-fold human tragedy that subtly conflates the twin indignities of chattelism and Jim Crow.