Presentation on theme: "Mini Drama Notes Slavery. Slave Auctions Many families broken apart at auctions Auctions started on the signal of a drum Slaves fed well a few days leading."— Presentation transcript:
Mini Drama Notes Slavery
Many families broken apart at auctions Auctions started on the signal of a drum Slaves fed well a few days leading to auction. Grease put around mouth to make it look like they had eaten plenty of meat Slaves completely examined before auction. Teeth, muscles, forced to move different ways…etc.
Children Children viewed as property of the master, not the mother. Mothers worked up until birth Some children were brought to the fields while parents worked, others stayed in a nursery at the plantation Many owners did not want children to learn to read Most children started working at age in fields
Regular working day was from before sunrise to after sunset Fastest worker put in front row and if others didn’t keep up they were flogged Slaves were given sacks to fill with cotton. They were beaten if sacks were not full enough Overseer- man on horse supervised slaves at work Lunch time consisted of minute break with cold bacon They didn’t dare stop working no matter how late until command was given by slave driver
Domestic Work- Work done inside the house Slaves would have work to do in their own cabin as well as owners house Slaves were taught that domestic work was the highest honor Fanned owners while they slept
Resisted through songs with secret messages of escape, sabotage, refusing to work, and assisting others to escape. Some slaves broke tools or tried to poison the owner. Some slaves pretended to be sick, blind, insane, or dumb Used music as a way of communication.
Owners used religion to tell slaves it was their duty to follow the master’s orders. Whites would sit in on church service to make sure the preachers said things they wanted Slaves had secret religious services at night. Sang “Steal Away to Jesus” which was a code meaning there would be a secret service that night.
Slave families were torn apart at the auction block. Slaves had their own chores to do after the slave work was finished for the day. Cabins made of logs let in light, water, and cold air Girls were forced to marry and they would sometimes jump over the broom together (African custom). Girls married at 12 or 13. Some mothers poisoned their children
Slaves who were captured would be beaten or even killed. Some slaves turned others in for fear of being beaten if they didn’t. Slaves tried to escape to Canada for freedom. Slaves followed the north star when it was dark. Slaves were caught most of the time. Underground railroad helped many slaves escape.