Community And Life In James Hammond's 'Silver Bluff Plantation'

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In what ways were the slaves able to shape their own world on James Hammond’s Silver Bluff plantation, according to Source 1? Historian Drew Gilpin Faust presents an analytical view of the community and culture of the slaves servicing and living on the Silver Bluff Plantation. Distinctly, she provides significant amount of details regarding slavery, and her view which was influenced by James Hammond’s plantation diaries. It provides food for thought, and reveals to the audience that the roles of slaves in society were not as stereotypical as most historians make us believe, and they did have freedom and independence even if it was scarce. The slave community on the plantation predated Hammond’s governance over the plantation, and also managed to outlive his control over the Silver Bluff Plantation. The secondary source sheds light on the relationship of Master and Slavery, and also portrays James Hammond to be understanding of the slaves he reigns over; his actions are proof to my claim. He…show more content…
It has been made clear that not all slaves were severely oppressed, but most were. The Primary sources support the claims of the cruelty and oppression that the slaves faced, but not all slaves faced the same fate as read in Faust’s essay. Charity Bowey, a slave who was interviewed, mentioned the leniency of her slave master who would turn away overseers who used to whip the slaves, but she also mentioned the cruelty that was reigned upon her by the mistress of the estate. She worked extensively to generate money to buy her children, but eventually the mistress sold her children and herself to speculators despite her best efforts and the 200 dollars she had earned. Most slaves did face harsh times, but there were exceptions, and the slaves of the Silver Bluff Plantation belong to the latter
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