Outline - Rachel Romm 15 May 2009 Slave Culture US History 1AP P8 Mrs Dolan I Thesis a The slaves developed a very strong culture during the

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Rachel Romm US History 1AP P8 15 May 2009 Mrs. Dolan Slave Culture I. Thesis a. The slaves developed a very strong culture during the antebellum period in order to express their desire for freedom through the way of religion, music, and the way they were treated. II. Religion a. Support i. Outside Information - A majority of slaves were Christian - Slaves were pushed by their owners into Christianity - Since slaves were banned from having black churches, they worshipped under the same denomination as their owners - Mostly Baptist or Methodist - Incorporated polytheistic traditions, such as voodoo, into religion ii. Document Support - Doc A “Get ready, there’s a meeting here tonight.” - Doc F “All of us would meet at some convenient place on the farm, every Sabbath-day, and would spend the time profitably, in exhortation and prayer… the neighbors and their slaves would come and worship with us” - Doc H “we all sit down and listen at him talk about the Lord. Well, he'd say, well I wonder, uh, sometimes you say I wonder if we'll ever be free. Well, some of them would say, well, we going to go ask the Lord to free us.” b. Opposition i. Outside Information - They turned to G-D not necessarily each other - The slaves were in the presence of their owners so they could only unite to an extent ii. Document Support - Doc F “The master and mistress were always there” III. Music a. Support i. Outside Information - Music, dancing and playing the banjo were important to slaves - African American music relied heavily on rhythm - Field workers usually sang songs to pass time - Songs usually had a deeper meaning to them, like a code that Whites could not understand and expressed emotion ii. Document Support - Doc B – shows slaves dancing and playing the banjo - Doc C “ for miles around; reverberate with their wild songs, revealing at once the highest joy and the deepest sadness. They would compose and sing as they went along” -Doc D “The African race is a music-loving one” b. Opposition i. Outside Information - Some songs were just for that one person, not the society in general ii. Document Support
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- Doc C “I did not, when a slave, understand the deep meaning of those rude and apparently incoherent songs.” IV. Condition/ Treatment a.Support i. Outside Information - Slave treatment was for the most part bad - Slaves slept in lousy slave quarters while their owners slept in mansions - Slaves were forbidden to read and write - Salves received about two shirts, a coat, and one pair of cheap shoes - Slaves were forbidden to hold property, leave their master and testify in court ii. Document Support - Doc C- shows the slave’s little huts compared to the mansions in the background - Doc E “We raise de wheat, Dey gib us de corn…” - Doc G “Oppress'd so hard they could not stand” b. Opposition i. Outside Information
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Outline - Rachel Romm 15 May 2009 Slave Culture US History 1AP P8 Mrs Dolan I Thesis a The slaves developed a very strong culture during the

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