Family, Religion, And Culture Essay

758 Words Nov 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Family, religion, gender and values combined to create distinct slave cultures in the Old South. Slaves never gave up hope for their chance at freedom or their will to repent against absolute white power. They were successful in shaping a somewhat independent culture that would be centered on church and family. This would enable them to get through the things that their masters would put them through without losing their self-esteem. Slave culture was derived from the heritage in Africa. These African influences were seen in their styles of dance and music, ways of religion and worship, and medicine. When the foreign slave trade was put to an end, a new African-American culture was created by African and American traditions colliding. Family was the center of the slave community. In the U.S. there was an equal ratio female and male slaves because of the natural increase in the population of slaves since its booming. This enabled the creation of families for slaves within plantations. Slave marriages were not recognized by law but on plantations they were very significant and they had to get the consent of their masters in order to be able to. Slaves usually stayed married for life, unless it was ripped apart by a sale. Also the sale of male slaves increased the amount of female run families and deceased the amount of families with two parents. Being sold was a humongous threat to slave families, thus making it the slave owners greatest weapon; this fear of being ripped…

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