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7 Things You May Not Have Known About an Average Day for an Enslaved African in the Americas

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Lived in Huts, Not Homes

Despite many depictions of enslaved people living in small, cramped quarters that resemble small fully wooden homes, even those quarters are much too luxurious for what enslaved people really had, historians Daniel Littlefield, William Dusinberre and Peter Wood explained, according to the article “The Lives of African-American Slaves in Carolina During the 18th Century.” Rather than small shacks with windows and small rooms, many enslaved people lived in incredibly small huts built with upright poles and usually covered in clay. These huts didn’t have windows, doors or real floors. Enslaved people who did live in small shacks that closely resembled small log cabins were usually drivers, the enslaved person who was in charge of watching and punishing the other enslaved people as they worked in the fields. Other larger abodes housed an incredible number of enslaved people, which made the quarters extremely cramped and unhygienic.



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Slept on the Ground

According to a report published by PBS, many enslaved people had nothing else to sleep on but a thin, dirty blanket, and they only received a new blanket once a year at the most. Some masters would not even replace the blanket that often, forcing some enslaved people to lay on a tattered blanket filled with holes. For enslaved people with wealthier masters, they would have wooden slabs to lie on but they still had to make do with very few blankets.

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8 thoughts on “7 Things You May Not Have Known About an Average Day for an Enslaved African in the Americas

  1. Michael El says:

    5200 hours a year times lets say 35 years is like 16000 hours right? lets multiply that time $10 hour just to be conservative…… that's 160,000 dollars per slave owed… Now lets calculate interest and inflation…. the dollar has lost about 90 percent of its value so each dollar is really 10 cents. so multiply times 10.. 1,600,000 right?

  2. Doc's Arch says:

    Makes you think…

  3. All right brother. They don't think we are owed a dime. Why? Nothing anyone can explain to them will make them agree we are owed the world, slavery built this world, they will not believe, or understand, because it was there relatives, and peers who committed the crimes. They cannot see that they made us suffered, and they committed crimes against us, human rights crimes, we are talking violating international laws. Nothing but a bunch of criminals. And call blacks criminals. We never hear them speak of the crimes their relatives and peers did to our relatives, they want to sweep it under the rug and hope we forget, never going to happen, even if we are paid every dime we are owed. These young black coming down the road, will be no body to take lightly, they will know who they are, and certainly will know their history. Things are going to change in America for the better for balcks, they will make it happen, they will be about self determination, and will have their reparations in hand, we will be on our way, moving forward, and no looking back, but never forget where we came from and what we went though. All praise for the blacks.

  4. Sahbi Said says:

    So where did the terminology slave food (ham-hocks, chitterlings, and greens) originate? Incredible humans beings to endure so much and here their descendants stand in the year 2015. Truly should be the 9th wonder of the world.

  5. Nzingha Shabaka , we are not owned a dime for work done during slavery. Slavery was the law of the land. No reparations for slavery. However reparations can be won as a result of the Federal and State governments refusal to enforce Civil rights law and other laws after slavery was outlawed.

  6. It was the food of all poor people. Irish, French, people from all European nations were slaves also. Slave food It was the food poor people Blacks and whites could afford. Beans, cornbread, greens were universal foods for poor people.
    We must become real. What you imagine is so much worst than the real thing.

  7. Morning Nyemah Sunday-hettleman Give me a break. We see many other groups today who are murdering, making people slaves, and they say it is their law, and it was alright. First of all, what do you mean it was a law of the land, until when? Even if it was the law of the land, every fair minded person will agree it was wrong, they violated our human rights, no one can change that, because it was not written on paper does not make it right.

  8. We only became lazy when we no longe rworked for free!

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