There are many events that occurred in the past that are hard to imagine today. Some of these events are easier to envision because of the stories that have been saved for centuries. Slavery is one event that is hard to believe occurred. Due to several journals and records it is possible to envision the events that occurred several years ago. Based on research it is evident that slavery was a difficult time period that covered many complicated factors.
There were multiple types of slavery. The types of slavery included bonded labor, forced labor, slavery by descent, child labor, urban slavery, and slaves that worked in coal mines. (Wright) Forced labor was a form of slavery in which people were abducted and forced to work. (Wright) People that were born into slavery were part of slavery by descent. (Wright) The primary focus of my research is forced labor, slavery by descent, urban slavery and plantation slavery.
The various type of slaves served different purposes. Plantation slaves were used to produce goods. These goods included cotton, rice, sugar, and tobacco. (Wright) Urban slaves worked in the house. They often worked as transporters. In other instances they may have worked as cooks, maids, or crafters. (Wright)
[...] (Blassingame) This included two linen shirts. In addition to the shirts, they received two pair of pants. They were provided a jacket, wool hat, and overcoat for winter months. (Blassingame) As fore mentioned, slaves were only provided the bare minimum in regards to clothes as well. The daily lives of slaves were hard. Much of their daily life included work. They worked most of the hours when the sun was present. Sometimes these hours lasted from sunrise to sunset. (Bertling and Durbin ) Many slaves worked either six or seven days a week. [...]
[...] In many instances slaves were sentenced and executed without trial by jury. (Bertling) The slaves had no representation in these trials. In addition to this they could not utilize witnesses. Roughly 96 percent of slaves that were held in trial were convicted. (Bertling) In conclusion, slavery had several factors that contributed to the event in its entirety. Several events oppressed the individuals involved. Slaves were treated unjustly in many circumstances including court, punishment, marriage, and the opportunity to maintain clothing, housing, and food. [...]
[...] The fore mentioned interactions should never be encountered by any human again. Works Cited Blassingame , John W. The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South . Oxford University Press Print. Bertling, Carrie , and Dayna Durbin. The Life of a Slave. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Web . Manning, Patrick. Slavery and African Life: Occidental, Oriental, and African Slave Trades . Cambridge University Press Print. Wright, Gavin. Slavery And American Economic Development. LSU Press Print. [...]
[...] (Manning) Slave marriage was not legal. The ceremony was enacted by the slaves jumping over a broom. In some cases these marriages involved preachers that traveled hosting the ceremony. (Blassingame) They were allowed to get married legally after the Civil War. (Blassingame) There were few instances of the slave masters allowing the married slaves to live together. Families were often separated by slavery. Before slaves could develop a family their master separated them. Most of the slave families were separated by auction. [...]
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