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Slavery in the New South

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Slavery in the New South and Slave Cultures 4/13/11 Slaves seen only as property o No voice in government Can’t sign contracts, no property, can’t leave w/o permission o By 1830’s illegal to teach slaves to read o Not all laws strictly enforced o Over 90% of slave population illiterate by 1860 American slaves had better conditions than slaves of west indies and Brazil 1. Better diets 2. Longer life expectancy 3. Lower infant mortality rates o B/c of Paternalistic outlook by slave owners Rising price of slaves b/c of closing of Atlantic slave trade Caused a care for health conditions of slaves Freed blacks had similar laws and restrictions Slavery was a system of labor o Diversity of jobs on plantations o Slaves could be rented from plantation o Majority worked in cotton fields or other agriculture 75% women, 90% men o Different types of plantations Gang labor- big groups of people doing the work and being over seen Task labor- assigned daily task and work at own pace o Discipline
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