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  • slaves worked at a variety of jobs on plantations.
  • planters housed them in dirtfloor cabins with few furnishings and often leaky roofs.
  • small portions of food.
  • clothing was usually simple and made of cheap, coarse fabric
  • family is the most important aspect.
  • Parents kept heritage alive by telling folktales, or stories with a moral.
  • Slaves were forced to live in rural areas where they worked on farms and plantations. They usually did a variety of jobs; butlers, cooks, nurses, capentry, etc.
  • by the early 1800s many slaves were Christians
  • Living conditions were harsh for slaves.
  • a well known rebellion is the: Nat Turner's rebellion, which occurred in 1831, know as the most violent revolt
  • Enslaved africans found comfort in their community and culture. They made timefor social activities in order top relieve the hardship of their lives.
  • Religion also played an important part in slave culture. Slaves blended some aspects of their traditional African religions with those of the Christianity.(they worshiped in secret)
  • Some of them sang spirituals, emotional Christian songs that blended African and European music
  • In small ways, slaves rebelled against the system daily. Others times they ran away for a few days to avoid an angry salveholder. But if they were discovered, salves captured and sent back, where they faced punishment or death.
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