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The life of a plantation slave was one that is somewhat troubling to think about. These women were forced to leave their homes and their families to become the property of a plantation owner who, for the rest of their lives, dictated what these women were to do. These women had to adjust too many different and new things. When a new slave woman arrived, she spent the majority of her time learning the native tongue, learning the new agriculture, and adjusting to the difference in the climate. In learning these new things, they also had to learn to be totally submissive to their masters in body and mind or they suffered abuse and this abuse included sexual abuse as well. In order to fully understand the life of a plantation slave, it is important to know where she came from, the type of work she does, what her relationships are, and how she copes with her lifestyle. The importation of Africans from the coastal regions of Africa begins. This proves to be an asset for plantation owners as African women were known for their abilities
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Unformatted text preview: in agriculture and, therefore, their expertise at planting and cultivating could be put to use. Their workdays were very long going from sunup to well into the evening hours. In addition to being sexually coerced, slave women were often times forced to live with other slave men for the sole purpose or reproducing more slave children. They endured some of the most horrifying experiences any person should ever encounter from being physically, emotionally, and sexually abused to witnessing the sale of a family member to a nearby or far away plantation with the possibility of never seeing that family member again. Slave marriages and family ties were not recognized by American law. Of all the threats to slave family life, one of the most terrible was the sexual abuse of slave women. Men and women were both put to work in the fields at the discretion of their masters....
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