By: Crystal Wilson

Civil War

Slavery in the Americas had a contentious history, and played a major role in the history and evolution of some countries, triggering at least one revolution and one civil war, as well as numerous rebellions

Efforts at reuniting family members who had been separated by masters and at legalizing slave marriages at the end of the Civil War demonstrate the importance of family to slave culture.

These trends continued through the territorial period and up to the Civil War.


Plantations were large enough that the slave quarters, blacksmith shop, farm, cotton storage facility, and the owner's house were all on the same property

Many plantation owners, and their over-seers, were very brutal people and used fear to keep the slaves in order.

The slaves worked the fields of the plantation, and came right back to their quarters at the end of the day


Free blacks are forbidden from entering the state.

Turner’s group, which eventually numbered around 75 blacks, murdered some 60 whites in two days before armed resistance from local whites and the arrival of state militia forces overwhelmed them.\

It was noted that black slaves were castrated "based on the assumption that the blacks had an ungovernable sexual appetite."