Slavery and the Old South
After reading this chapter, you should be able to:
- Distinguish several geographic regions and the main crops; then describe the socioeconomic class variations of slaveholding patterns in the Old South.
- Explain the distribution of slaveholders and nonslaveholders in the South.
- Describe the burdens of slavery from the perspective of the slaveholders and explain five ways in which they justified slavery.
- Describe a typical day on the plantation for slave men and women, both in the house and in the fields.
- Explain the nature of black family life and culture in the slave quarters, including how religion, music, and folklore gave the slaves a sense of identity and self-esteem.
- List five ways in which the slaves protested and resisted their situation.