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.
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