Slaves established a distinct culture. They were very religious. They sang in the fields about liberation and the Lord, which led to the creation of the blues and jazz genres of music.
I can't believe that he's touching her, a slave! I'm going to make her life miserable for it!
Dealers in Slaves
The Slave Codes, along with similar laws, set rigid rules on the slaves ' lives if the plantation owner decided to enforce them. The strictness of the rule enforcement varied by plantation.
Many slaves, no matter their age or gender, were whipped for unwillingness or inability to perform tasks asked of them or for breaking the plantation rules.
Man, I can't tell who's free or slave!
Females slaves often both worked in the fields and assumed motherly chores. This gave them authority in the slave community. This was not so in the household. Female slaves often took care of the master's children. However, they were many times victims of sexual abuse from their master.
Slave auctions were a popular occasion for white farmers. Slave owners sold slaves for extra profit. Slaves were often separated from their families and were shipped far from their current farms. The slave trade became an important part of the Southern economy.
In cities, slaves had more independence from their masters. Segregation existed to a large degree. There were a lot of black women and few black men in cities, so there were many mulatto children.