By: DeShawn Mattox and Jacob Baker
The effect of enslavement on Africans and their descendants
How slaves sustained a sense of selfhood and cultural identity in slavemaster relationships
Although faced with many adversities with their "owners," slaves kept their selfhood and culture. Some examples of this is when slaves would try not to weep and coward when they were being whipped by their master. Slaves would be denied the right to sing even though it was a part of their culture, but they sang together. They would be severly punished. Also slaves secretly learned to read and write. Praying was not allowed for slaves, but they prayed anyway and did not let that get in the way of their relgious beliefs. Fountain kept his selfhood and pride when he worked for his master, "I worked and worked. Surprisingly with pride." This shows that Fountain obtained pride in his work and more importantly in himself. Even though some slave owners were crude and abusive, others were kind. Fountain's masters, "didn't treat them bad. And they were always satisfied." Since Fountain worked hard his master never sold him and kept him as his slave.