The History of Antebellum South

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The History of Antebellum South

Denmark Vesey was an African-American man who was most famous for planning a slave rebellion in the United States in 1822. His plan was to kill all whites in Charleston. He was enslaved in South Carolina. Vesey and others were convicted and executed. Many antislavery activists came to regard Vesey as a hero.

Daily life for a slave in North Carolina was incredibly difficult. Slaves, especially those in the field, worked from sunrise until sunset. Even small children and the elderly worked from these long work hours. Slaves were generally allowed a day off on Sunday, and on infrequent holidays such as Christmas or the Fourth of July. During their few hours of free time, most slaves performed their own personal work.

Slaves started to resist. They would pretend to be sick, they would break tools, and even try and run away . Just so they didn't have to do work that day.

The Cotton Gin was important because they could pick cotton faster. It takes longer to pick cotton by hand because of all the seeds. This extended slavery.

The History Of Antebellum South

Strange Reasons People Used To Justify Slavery 1. Africa was already involved in slavery.2.Slavery was accepted in the bible.3.The enslaved people were unfit for other work.

Relationships between slaves and their masters varied between differenSome actually genuinely believed that the arrangement of slavery was a natural and necessary thing and prescribed to an idea of paternalism to show towards their slavest masters. Others, treated their slaves like valuable property and as such did not try to do anything to damage their ability to work.The extreme side of things were the slave owners who treated their slaves cruelly. The truth is, the relationships between slaves and their masters was not a set thing.

Social Classes1 . Theelite were the wealthy, upper class.2. Themiddle classwere tradesmen.3. Thelower classwere unskilled and uneducated and often landless.4. Yeoman Farmersowned small farms. 5.Free African Americans6. Enslaved African Americanswere an unpaid labor source.

Plantation Life There were no beds given the slaves.Life on the plantation was grueling work.Work on these plantations was neverending for slaves. Music and religion were sources of strength for slaves.Despite the squalor they were forced to live in, many slaves nevertheless attempted to eke out a life as best they could.


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