Slave Life

Slave Life

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  • Plantation slavery and slavery on most farms were different. In both cases, however, their stability relied on the weakness of slaves.
  • Slave owners paid some attention to their slaves health because they needed them to be in working order.
  • There was a need for slaves to do urban tasks that white laborers didn't want to do. Women and children worked in textile mills and other slaves worked in mines and lumber mills. 
  • A portion of slaves became house slaves who performed domestic tasks like nursing and cooking.  Masters had a tendency take advantage of their female house slaves, frequently.
  • There were two main types of slaves, "Sambo" and the rebellious slave. The "sambo" was more complacent and portrayed a "dumber" persona. The rebellious slave would never be satisfied just being a slave.
  • Music was a big part of slave culture. Enslaved African Americans applied many of their native languages and the English language into their music. They song and played music while working and all the time. They even made their own makeshift instruments.
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