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p. 514. Struggles for controllocked

  • Heather Andrea Williams


It took persistent effort on the part of slave owners and their allies to keep slavery in place, to make people work without pay, and to sustain the arguments that justified the forced labor of other human beings. ‘Struggles for control’ outlines the range of mechanisms deployed by white elites to gain and maintain control over enslaved people, including violence, legislation, slave patrols, religion, paternalistic demeaning behavior, and racist proslavery ideology. Enslaved people drew from a reservoir of strategies including literacy, religion, escape, malingering, and rebellion, to resist enslavement and its attendant hardships. Key influences on the enslaved were the Appeal of free man David Walker and preacher Nat Turner's 1831 rebellion in Virginia.

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