DRAWING THE COLOR LINE 2 VANESSA VELASQUEZ 10-5

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  • The huge profits (often double the investment on one trip) made it worthwhile for the slave trader. Slavery was immensely profitable to some masters. There was an approximate of $257 profit on every Negro in a year and a spending of only $12 or $13 on his keep.
  • Blacks were easier to enslave than whites or Indians. But they were still not easy to enslave. More often they showed their refusal to submit by running away. Even more often, they engaged in sabotage, slowdowns, and subtle forms of resistance. Still holding on to the heritage of their communal society, would run away in groups and try to establish villages of runaways out in the wilderness
  • The slavering was psychological and physical at the same time. The slaves were taught discipline, were impressed again and again with the idea of their own inferiority to "know their place," to see blackness as a sign of subordination, to be awed by the power of the master, to merge their interest with the master's, destroying their own individual needs.
  • Only one fear was greater than the fear of black rebellion in the new American colonies. That was the fear that discontented whites would join black slaves to overthrow the existing order. 
  • White servants whose indenture time was up with ten bushels of corn, thirty shillings, and a gun, while women servants were to get 15 bushels of corn and forty shillings. Also, the newly freed servants were to get 50 acres of land. They made this as a form to avoid a rebellion and cooperation to the black people
  • The elimination of that class exploitation has made poor whites desperate for small gifts of status and has prevented the unity of black and white necessary for joint rebellion and reconstruction.
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