Families During Slavery
History Of Slavery
Slavery Overview ;
Africans were taken & forced onto slavery , they were separated from family memembers .
Circumstances of slavery change throughout time opportunities for slaves to many have children & create stable family units fluctuate .
Slaves were bought by handfuls rather than shiploads .
Enslaved blacks attempted to provide for their family member financially , as well as spiritually .
When slavery was concept rather than a legal institution , blacks from New Amsterdam to the Chesapeake Bay used the courts to ensure the wellbeing of family members .
Marriage , they reasoned , would make slaves content and therefore docile .
Forced abuse in order to protect their kin ,
- The slaves could not legally marry in any American country or state.
- Colonial and state laws considered them property and commodities
- In 1865 when slavery ended in this country, the vaste majority of African American could not legally marry.