As an African American, I do not recall being taught, at home or in school, the countless day-to-day attempts of resistance that black slaves carried out. I was taught, in history classes, that the only forms of resistance slaves attempted were running away occasionally and the ability of some slaves, who were house slaves, to learn to read and write that is without their slaveholders knowing. The origins of slavery in America started soon after the first captured Africans came in the ports of Virginia. The colonists never had a slavery-modeled society so for a time it seemed Africans would work as indentured servants a long side poor Europeans. But soon after, the colonist realized African slaves were cheaper, a source of unending labor than indentured servants. The slavery system grew turning slaves into economic chattel; it was a horrific exploitation and cruelty that would ultimately split the nation.
There were different intensity levels of resistance. A common day-to-day passive rebellion of slaves was, for example, pretending to be sick in order to lessen the workload. Slaves often destroyed property like crops and tools. They organized work slowdowns in the fields. Also, running away was a form of resistance, although slaves were hunted down and severely punished, others managed to remain free escaping to the North. Although slaves escaped to the North, racism and prejudice laws made being black feel like a constant target.
Other forms of day-to-day rebellion of slaves were simply the refusal to accept to be slave. Rebellion. There were numerous black slave rebellions and uprisings that took place in North America. Rebellions occurred due to the abusive condit...
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...ace. President Andrew Johnson announced his plans for Reconstruction.
The Johnson Reconstruction policies got rejected northern voters in the congressional elections. The republic were still strong on the Southern Reconstruction, which led to the of the Reconstruction Act of 1867 making the South ratify the 14th Amendment, which broadened the definition of citizenship. This type of progressive policies and legislature opened the former Confederate States to a new era of progress. But as we know, this wasn’t as easy as the rise of supremacy groups and southern prejudice such as the “black code” or the Jim Crow laws or the fact that same rich land owners controlled everything was what the Blacks in the South had to face while awaiting the verdict of the “Reconstruction plans.” But the Radical Reconstruction had the Union troops remain in the South to impose new rules.
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