American Abolitionism: The Different Causes Of Slave Movements

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Register to read the introduction… Slaves were seen as being inferior, subhuman, and destined for servitude. The slaves came together to plan slave rebellions. They would commit different types of acts to show rebellion. Those acts included destruction of property, arson, poisoning livestock, and laziness. Perhaps the most prevalent form of resistance was the simple act of running away. Running away was the worst way to hurt the slave owners. They needed and counted on the slaves to work the fields on their plantations. Butwhen they were captured, they were punished by being whipped or even by death. There were other ways that slaves were punished. They include starvation, denial of medical care, sleep deprivation and torture. Another way of trying to become freewas by running away. That did not work out due to them being recaptured by their slave owners or by those who were hired to find and return them to their owners. The repercussion for running away was a horrible price to pay. There were so many slaves running away and costing their owners money the Fugitive Slave Law was written to protect the property and interests of slave …show more content…
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