In their daily struggles to forge lives of dignity and meaning within an inhuman system, slaves in the Antebellum South demonstrated creativity, resilience, and an insatiable desire to be free. The Daily Life of African American Slaves in the Antebellum South focuses on their struggles to create lives of meaning and dignity within a brutal and repressive system.
This volume provides a comprehensive examination of the institution of slavery from the perspective of the slaves themselves. Readers can explore the family life, religious beliefs, political activities, intellectual aspirations, material possessions, and recreational pursuits of enslaved people. The book shows that enslaved people were tightly constrained by the harsh realities of the oppressive system under which they lived but that they found ways to forge lives of their own. The book synthesizes the latest and best literature on slavery and gives readers the opportunity to examine history through the lens of daily life using primary source documents created by slaves or former slaves.
- Provides readers with an understanding of the daily lives of enslaved African Americans
- Depicts how slaves struggled to create lives of dignity and meaning within a system designed to dehumanize them
- Points out important ways in which slaves resisted slavery
- Links the history of slavery to the larger history of Antebellum America
- Uses primary source documents and slave narratives to provide a supporting voice to the text