Until December 6, 1865, slavery had not yet been abolished. People were in servitude to another, especially in the South. See, in the South people were set on this idea that slavery was necessary, they drove themselves to be fully depended on it, but, in, actuality this idea they were creating in their head was preposterous. There were many other options instead of using slavery, but people wanted the easy way. The South's cotton industries were a great part of what made the South, the South. People in the South depended on farming instead of factories so much that entire South produce fewer manufactured goods than the state of Massachusetts (chapter 9, page 424). Not only did the South decision to only stick to farming affect America's production, …show more content…
1/3 of marriages did not end in divorce, but instead separation when one person was bought from a different owner than the other. Through separation, people had to find a way to be together. They then created an extended family, so if someone was taken away or worse killed, they would have someone to take care of the children (chapter 9, page 433). Since the south was doing this, they decided it would be best to take action and keep people from rebelling, in doing so, they created slave codes which kept people from forming groups or leaving their master's property without a pass (chapter 9, page 434). Even though the South was trying to dehumanize these people they found a way out. Through religion, the would pray and believe in hope and resistance. A way, people would communicate was through spiritual, religious folk songs. They would pass down these songs through oral traditions. This was a big help for African American culture to …show more content…
A common rebellion people know was led by Nat Turner. It’s described as a "brief, violent rampage in Southhampton County, Virginia" (chapter 9, page 435). This rebellion not only led to the death of 55 whites but also brought fear into their eyes. A rebellion was not the only way people would resist slavery, they have other ways that were less severe. For the most part, people would fake an illness or work abnormally slow, causing their overseer to become angry. To take actions even farther, they would break tools or even burn down buildings. When resisting didn't work, some people decided that they would try to escape. Harriet Tubman; a famous woman who crept her way out of slavery, helped other as well. They created underground railroads, "safe houses owned by free blacks and whites who opposed slavery, aided to slaves" (chapter 9, page 437). Though it was nearly impossible, people found a way to the North in hopes of being
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Slavery was a main contributor in the South in the 1800s. African Americans were enslaved in large plantations growing cotton, instead of tobacco. Slavery was the same old story it was in the 1600s, barely anything had changed. Slavery was the dominating reality of southern life in the antebellum period due to economical, social, and political reasons.
Secondly, the demand for cotton grew tremendously as cotton became an important raw material for the then developing cotton industries in the North and Britain. The growing of cotton revived the Southern economy and the plantations spread across the south, and by 1850 the southern U.S produced more than 80% of cotton all over the world. As this cotton based economy of the south grew so did the slave labor to work in these large scale plantations since they were more labor-intensive...
For most American’s especially African Americans, the abolition of slavery in 1865 was a significant point in history, but for African Americans, although slavery was abolished it gave root for a new form of slavery that showed to be equally as terrorizing for blacks. In the novel Slavery by Another Name, by Douglas Blackmon he examines the reconstruction era, which provided a form of coerced labor in a convict leasing system, where many African Americans were convicted on triumphed up charges for decades.
The first resistance began in the 1830s when Nat Turner, who was an enslaved preacher and mystic led a small revolt in Virginia (Jones 283-284). Nat Turner and his group of bandits went on a killing spree when they realized that no matter what they tried, revolution was the only path to freedom. Nat Turner and his followers killed any white man they saw (about 60). However, Turner was captured after months of evading and executed. But, as the fire was now ignited, only the fuel was missing.
The immediate consequence was that an estimated 200 black people were killed by militias or mobs that were angry, scared and frantically accusing innocent people of having relations with the rebellion. 56 men were found guilty by trial and executed. Another consequence that followed was that it became illegal for slaves to learn to read. Nat Turner 's rebellion is the slave rebellion that contained the most white American casualties with an estimated 65 but at the cost of over 250 black lives. Sometimes we still question why it seems that slaves never fought or rebelled back more against white Americans ; especially when considering that ⅓ of the population in the south were slaves.However , slave resistance very typical behavior. They would often challenge their masters by stealing food and supplies, slowing their work pace, breaking tools , and in some cases even beating or killing their masters. Rising up on a large scale , such as Nat Turner did,only resulted in harsher conditions for slaves and their families.All individuals besides Nat Turner himself who were united in the rebellion can be seen as
A changing attitude in the North toward slavery changed the outlook of life for both free and enslaved blacks. As is shown in the maps of slavery in the U.S. in 1790 and 1830, while the South experienced a massive increase in slavery due to the demand for American cotton, and the west expanded slavery because of the newly available land for farming cotton from the Louisiana Purchase, the North’s slavery greatly dropped off, almost to none. Many slave owners freed their slaves upon death, as it was uneconomical for them to own them in the first place when they did not need them for labor with a more diversified northern economy emerging. Pressure morally to end slavery also led to ...
Cotton is an very labor intensive plant that required a lot of time to be cultivate. Eli Whitney’s cotton gin, creating in 1793, let the processing of the cotton occur much faster. The demand for cotton in the North and in Great Britain created a need for more labor. Slaves were the answer to the cotton problem. Plantation owners could use the money they made from selling cotton to purchase more slaves. The fact that there was a 400% increase of slaves in America was astonishing. A single creation of new technology changed the future of African Americans. People who hated slavery detested the sudden increase of slaves, mostly from the Northerners and even some Southern whites called for an end to slavery. But there was nothing they could really do about it because cotton impacted America in an tremendous way. 58% of American exports were cotton! At first 700,000 bales of cotton were being produced, to almost 5 million bales being made. These figures are significant in understanding that transportation created a demand for a product, that created a demand for a workforce, that created a demand for equality. Cotton product could be thought of as bringing moneymakers together, but pushing slaves and whites apart. It was ultimately breaking America up because abolitionist were beginning to voice their opinion, and people who loved slavery shot back their opinion. Cotton was a factor in why the Civil War had to be fought, pulling the North and South apart. The Transportation Revolution was a domino effect that would sooner or later lead to the Civil
In this book, the author discovered that many historians believed that the practice of leasing convicts of the South was an abuse to the African Americans. Even though many see as it was just one of the many things that occurred in the large sweep of the racial evolution of the South. The cruel and brutal punishments toward the blacks was unjustified.
The economy in the South was prosperous from the production and sale of cotton called the Cotton Economy.Cotton was their main income of money in the south and it is how they made their livings. Slavery was cheap so they had a major role in the economy as well. The south did not want to change their ways because they would take a big hit in the economy and go broke if the slavery was abolished. With the North pushing to change the ways of the south the south did not like it. They began to rebel in the South and prepare for war.(Nardo)
Although in the 19th century many slave owners had strict rules and control over slaves, enslaved individuals established their own way to go against the hardships they were placed in. Most people would have thought it was dangerous to defy a slave owner due to the consequences that were placed against those who resisted. Those who took part in the resistance, weighed their freedom higher than the risk of punishment. The various ways of effectively resisting the slave owner’s control are demonstrated in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Escaping from slavery in 1838 had to be a treacherous experience; escaping slavery at any time would be! Most slaves couldn’t read or write, but one slave, Fredrick Douglass, broke that barrier and many more. In this particular writing he uses a wide-open state of mind to clearly get his thoughts across. He does this by using a wide variety of diction along with sentence fluency. An example can be seen in every sentence of every paragraph. “I saw in every white man an enemy, and in almost every colored man cause for distrust. It was a most painful situation; and, to understand it, one must needs experience it, or imagine himself in similar circumstances.” His narrative point of view about slavery, or rather first person experience on slavery, is expressed throughout as he explains slavery as being both life and death. How someone can write with such strong emotion, is beyond me, but Douglass does more than that. He captures and captivates the reader into thinking about and imagining his experiences.