Class Structure and Slave Culture

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Class Structure and Slave Culture In the image there appears to be a dwelling crammed full with five generations of slaves. The slave culture appeared to be strongly united in that they share social values as well as personal values. Half the slaves represented in the image were almost certainly considered house slaves and the other half worked in the field. In order for the plantation owners to keep close tabs on their slaves, much like the slaves in the image was in all probability part of what was referred to as a gang system. More than likely these slaves relied a great deal on their family and their cultural beliefs to keep up their spirits in low times. A portion of these slaves, significantly the women, were most likely domestic servants, others carpenters,
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Unformatted text preview: artisans, and blacksmiths, while the greater part worked the fields. From looking at this image I trust the plantation owner unquestionably a male was most likely part of the upper class inside the top southern class, and owned a plantation system with much needed work and fertile soil. He was almost certainly of great wealth to have had such a great investment in slavery and to own so many slaves. Besides having great wealth the plantation owner may have held power within the labor system and within society. When you add it all together the investments in the slaves was inadequate in contrast to the revenue gained from the work the slaves performed....
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2010 for the course HIS/115 his/115 taught by Professor Kitchens during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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