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Life of a Slave
Transcript of Life of a Slave
~Ship conditions were poor, causing many diseases.
~Many slaves tried to rebel against the Americans while on the ship.
~Often times, they would even commit suicide.
~Slaves were fed very little food on the journey- which lasted anywhere from 40-150 days- up until the last few days before their arrival. Slave Auctions ~Their teeth were always checked.
~They were examined to have their price determined.
~Families were often separated. Cost of Slaves ~The younger slaves were usually more valuable than older ones. ~Slaves that were fatter were usually picked before the skinnier ones.
~Some slaves had problems such as a bad leg or a bad hand, which made them less valuable. Jobs of a Slave ~Field Jobs included picking cotton, taking care of livestock, and planting and harvesting crops.
~House Jobs included doing housework, cooking, and occasionally caring for their master's children/ grandchildren.
~You would think that a slave would rather work indoors than outdoors in the hot, glaring sun right? Wrong! Now occasionally some slaves would like it better, but it wasn't that common... Was there such thing as a "good" slave owner? ~Allowed slaves to ~They clothed and fed
their slaves ~Slaves went to
church "Bad" "Good" grow their own gardens for personal
profits. ~Better clothed & fed ~Punishments weren't
as harsh (unless absol-
utely necessary) ~1-2 less hours a day ~Slaves could marry ~Gave some form of
punishment if needed ~Slaves had few privileges ~They clothed & fed their
slaves, but not as well
as they could have. ~Made slaves work 1-2 hours
longer ~They gave harsher punish-
ments How long did a slave usually last? Depending on the age and condition of a slave, they could last anywhere between 5-50 years. YOU DECIDE <<<If these two slaves were bought at the same time, the man on the left probably would've lasted 5-20 years depending on his age. The boy on the right probably would've lasted about 50 years. Leisure Time ~They sang and dance
~They did art & made crafts with whatever they could find/ buy with their own money
~They went to church and worshiped Types of Punishments "Some slave owners used to whip their slaves, but others would whip their slaves and then put them into a tobacco smokehouse. When slave
owners used this form of punishment,
it was considered smoking their slaves.
Another punishment was being pushed
down a steep hill. Slaves were always
being branded, forcibly submerged
under water, put up for sale, kicked,
tied up, and/or tarred and feathered.
Since they were trying to get away, slave owners had them chased by dogs. When and if they were caught they were hit by paddles, whipped, and/or had a part of their body cut off: this was considered a death sentence" 1 1. "Punishment of Slavery" http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/01071/punishments.htm Nat Turner Rebellion Nat Turner was a slave who lived in Virginia. He felt that he was called by God to "liberate" his people, so on August 21, 1831, he set out on his quest for justice. He and his followers ended up killing 60 people of all ages and genders, starting with his master and his family. "BRAINSTORMING QUESTIONS"
1. What was their journey to America like?
2. What happened at slave auctions?
3. How much did a slave cost?
4. What jobs did slaves have?
5. Is there such thing as a good slave owner?
6. How long did slaves usually last?
7. What did slaves do when they weren't working?
8. What types of punishments were there?
9. What was the Nat Turner Rebellion? BIBLIOGRAPHY WEBSITE 1: "The Middle Passage" http://library.thinkquest.org. 2002. May 4, 2013 <http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0212661/id19.htm> WEBSITE 2- "Slave Auction, 1859" www.eyewitnesstohistory.com. 2005. Eyewitness to History. May 4, 2013 <http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/slaveauction.htm> WEBSITE 3- "Sealing the Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony Freedmen's Bureau Marriage Records" www.startum.com. 2007. Reginald Washington. May 4, 2013 BOOK- Greenburg, Kenneth. Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003 Encyclopedia- “The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.” Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage. 2007. Primary Source (PHOTO)- "George Simmons." gutenberg.org. 2011. Work Projects Administration. May 4, 2013 <http://www.gutenberg.org/files/35381/35381-h/35381-h.html> Secondary Source- "Moses Roper." www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk.Spartacus Educational. May 4, 2013. <http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USASroper.htm> http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0212661/id19.htm http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/slaveauction.htm http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/wahl.slavery.us http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071118222359AAdCgX2 http://www.startum.com/slaveweddings.htm http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070829192634AA97Egd http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080506060929AAjhiPh "Nat Turner's Revolt in Virginia" A Documentary History of Slavery in North America- edited by Willie Lee Nichols Rose When ladened with troubles and burdened with grief To Jesus in secret I'll go for relief
I'm troubled I'm troubled I'm troubled in mind If Jesus don't help me I surely will die
In dark days of bondage to Jesus I prayed To help me to bear it, and He gave me His aid
I'm troubled I'm troubled I'm troubled in mind If Jesus don't help me I surely will die "I'm troubled in mind"