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The Everyday Life of Enslaved People in the Antebellum South

TheEveryday Life of Enslaved People in the Antebellum South

Thetitle of this secondary source is “TheEveryday Life of Enslaved People in the Antebellum South”.It was created in April, the year 2009, and the author is CalvinSchermerhorn. Though the thesis is not clearly defined, this articleis emphasizing on the life of the enslaved men and women in theAntebellum South.


Themasters valued their slaves because they could auction them for cashand not necessarily the work that they performed in the plantations.Most productive economic activities, like tobacco farming haddeclined, and the attention shifted to the slaves to generate morecash.

Theblack people wanted to keep their families, and the planters andmasters took this as an advantage and capitalized on these desperateefforts. Some of them could be sold as a punishment especially thosewho were strong and could work at the plantations.

Theideas in the source are valid, accurate, significant, presentedreasonably and logically, the language is accessible and easilypresented. Additionally, the relevant references have been providedwhere related information can be found.

Theauthor highlights forced labor, mistreatments, and forcefulseparation from families as some of the challenges that the slaveswent through.

“Laborposed plenty of dangers, but it was not the only danger inherent toslavery” (Schermerhorn, 2009). This statement shows that there areother severe hazards that the slaves were exposed to in the course ofworking in the fields. This topic is discussed in Chapter 16 of thecore textbook (page 340 to 351).


Wereall the colonial masters’ perspectives the same concerning theslaves? What finally happened to the slaves and did they connect withtheir families at long last? This source has broadened my knowledgeon the kind of life the slaves went through at the hands of theirmasters.


Schermerhorn,C. (2009). The Everyday Life of Enslaved People in the AntebellumSouth. OAHMagazine of History,1-7.