Slavery in the Eighteenth Century
United States History to 1865
29 October 2012
The demand for slavery was steadily growing into the eighteen-century. European colonist in North America imported African slaves as an inexpensive source of physical labor, cheaper and more numerous they were than hiring indentured servants at the time. After the Dutch ships brought African slaves ashore the British colony of Jamestown in Virginia; slavery would spread throughout the British American colonies. By the mid eighteen-century, three- fourths of all slaves lived on large plantations and small ranches. While the African population increased so did their society, cultures and religions. Eventually at one point African Americans would outnumber the white settlers of American. Moreover, there were many African Americas who had converted to Christianity in the eighteenth century. Some slaves converted willingly while others were forced by their owners and Protestant missionaries. However, slaves would still practice their own religion and customs secretly. They sometimes practiced voodoo or the belief of many other deities. The African Americans religion primarily emphasized the rights of freedom and of deliverance. (Brinkley 282-283) Black Christians used sermons and prayers to give hope of freedom and to express their own dreams in the New World. Furthermore, music was also a very significant part of the slave society. Their African heritage and traditions were incorporated within many of their beliefs and music. They used music in important cultural tradition such as storytelling’s and sacred rituals. Slaves often sung spiritual songs in the fields while working to pass the hard times. The songs of slaves were hardly ever written down they were usually past down from generation to generations.( Brinkley 283-284) African Americans often created musical instruments out of left over materials they could acquire. The banjo was then created and became an important...
Cited: Brinkley, Alan. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of The American People. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2010. Print.
Cliffs Notes: Slave Society and Culture.
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