THE SLAVE SOUTH • Southerners often romanticized about the happy life of the slaves and were quick to point out that the typical slaves had a far better life than the factory workers in the industrial north. • Overlooked were the beatings, total lack of freedom, forcible break up of families, and the racial prejudice that were woven into the very fabric of the institution of slavery. • If slaves had such an idyllic life, why were there slave rebellions, an Underground Railroad system, slave catchers, and the beating and murdering of slaves by white owners? • The white southern plantation owners lived in constant fear of slave rebellions, and their worst fears were realized with the Nat Turner Rebellion in Virginia in 1831. • Turner was a visionary black preacher who led a rebellion that left over sixty white people dead before the rebellion was ended. • The rebellion terrified the South and resulted in rigid restrictions being placed on religion and • literacy for slaves throughout the South. • the rebellion also gave the slaves a hero and increased agitation by the abolitionists to end
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