Men, women, and children are stripped naked and inspected like chattel, and later, lynched with impunity.
Within a century, chattel slavery ceased to exist in virtually every modern nation.
They can do without “anchor babies” and “self-deportation,” which make immigrants sound like chattel.
Until 1865—less than 150 years ago—it was legal under the United States Constitution to own black people as chattel.
Likely because of his own faith, Carter tries—and fails—to excuse the biblical mandate for reducing women to chattel.
Surely he had been deceiving me, and playing upon my ignorance, when he told me I belonged to him as a chattel!
What, then, is chattel slavery as understood in American law?
But he merely proves that it declares him to be a "chattel personal."
Ruth 4:10, "Ruth the Moabitess have I purchased this day to be my wife;" was she a chattel?
He has always hated the peasants; they've never been his workers—only chattel.
early 13c., chatel "property, goods," from Old French chatel "chattels, goods, wealth, possessions, property; profit; cattle," from Late Latin capitale "property" (see cattle, which is the Old North French form of the same word). Application to slaves (1640s) is a rhetorical figure of abolitionists, etc.