The Burdens of Bondage

The Burdens of Bondage - The Burdens of Bondage a. Emotions...

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The Burdens of Bondage a. Emotions of Slaves i. Deprived of dignity and sense of responsibility that comes from independence ii. Denied an education because reading brought ideas, and ideas brought discontent (most States had laws against educating slaves and most were illiterate) iii. The “American Dream” was a mockery and hopeless b. Reaction of Slavery By Slaves i. Slowed the pace of their labor just to the point where their slaves wouldn’t beat them. This fostered the myth of black “laziness” in the minds of whites ii. Stole food and other goods from the plantation iii. Sabotaged expensive equipment, stopping work until it was repaired iv. Rarely poisoned their masters’ food c. Attempts At Freedom i. Many tried to runaway ii. Some rebelled: 1. 1822 – Denmark Vesey (won enough money in a lottery to buy freedom) plotted a rebellion in Charleston, SC (it was betrayed by informers; Vesey and about 30 others were hung) – some historians think the conspiracy was real 2. 1831 – Nat Turner (a black preacher) led a rebellion that killed 60 Virginians (mostly women and children); Turner and 15 others were hung d. Results of the Threat of Rebellion i. The poor conditions of slavery and the brutality
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2012 for the course HISTORY 104 taught by Professor Reed during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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