Institution of Slavery
Updated: 11/7/2018
Institution of Slavery
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  • Some blacks lived in harsh conditions while some enjoyed flexibility a significant degree of autonomy.
  • Reality of Slavery 
  • Although slaves worked hard they received a poor diet, cheap clothing/shoes, and crude cabins to live in.
  • Life Under Slavery Role of Slaves
  • Household slaves had somewhat an easier life then field slaves, on a large estate would generally be a seperate domestic staff: nursemaids, housemaids, cooks, butlers, coachmen.
  • Life Under Slavery House Slaves
  • Slavery in the Cities Urban Slaves
  • Slaves on contract worked in mining, lumbering or on docks, construction sites, drove wagons, or performed other unskilled jobs in towns and cities.
  • Free blacks were slaves who had somehow earned money with which they managed to buy their own and their families' freedom, usually by developing a skill. 
  • Slavery In the Cities Free Blacks
  •  For shorter journeys slaves traveled on foot, trudging in coffles of hundreds along dusty highways. For long distances slaves traveled over river or ocean steamers.
  • Slave Trade
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