Antebellum Slavery

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Antebellum Slavery

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The diets of enslaved people were inadequate or barely adequate to meet the demands of their heavy workload. They lived in crude quarters that left them vulnerable to bad weather and disease. Their clothing and bedding were minimal as well. Slaves who worked as domestics sometimes fared better, getting the castoff clothing of their masters or having easier access to food stores.

" I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when i did not so think, and feel."

"You wasn't no more than a dog to some of them in them days. You wasn't treated as good as they treat dogs now."-Fountain Hughes

Federick Douglass was an educated African-American social reformer. Douglass contrasted many Pro-Slavery remarks since he escaped from slavery and pursued a successful career in becoming an influential abolitionist.

James Henry Hammond (pictured to the left) was considered one of the major Slavery advocates in the years before the American Civil War. He owned several plantations in South Carolina and owned more than than 300 slaves. He, along with the majority of Pro-Slavery advocates, used God and religion to justify their views on slavery.

"I firmly believe, that American slavery is not only not a sin, but especially commanded by God through Moses, and approved by Christ through his apostles." - James Henry Hammond

Defenders of slavery noted that in the Bible, Abraham had slaves. They point to the Ten Commandments, noting that "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, ... nor his manservant, nor his maidservant." In the New Testament, Paul returned a runaway slave, Philemon, to his master, and, although slavery was widespread throughout the Roman world, Jesus never spoke out against it.


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