#20 life in the slave quarters

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Wednesday, May 31, y #20 L ife in the Slave Quarters  I. From the Slaves’ Perspective • Slaves lived under brutal conditions • almost impossible for us to not think of slaves as victims of an oppressive system w/ no control • in the early decades there was little conflict between whites over slave labor -esp. between slave owners -> south esp. • in the North, still saw it as important for the south -largely a southern matter • why did northerners come to regard the institution of slavery with such passion that they would put their lives on the line to abolish it (slaves)covertly frustrated their masters, limiting their power II. An Uphill Battle Life was a tough uphill battle every step of the way A. Subordinate Legal Status Couldn’t own property, marry on their own, go against masters in court, etc. B. Complementary Interests with Masters Slave owners knew it was to their advantage to “take care” of their slaves so they could have long lives huge increase because of high fertility rates Life Expectancy esp. by 1808 bc slave trade was deemed illegal slave death age-> 36; white man-> 40; european peasant-> 28 1. Population Growth growth of slave population was reflection of how slaves were treated masters had to be “sensitive” to their property -> needed to be treated like humans 1. A Window for Maneuvering
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