African American History
In addition, slaves used theft as a form of resistance. The slaves stole money, food, livestock, liquor, and even livestock from their masters. They did steal from their masters so as to irritate them, and when confronted, they would slow down on their work, and this was a prefect form of resistance from heavy work loads. Moreover, the slaves refused to do satisfactory work. They never did a good job for their masters as a form of resistance to slavery. They did shoddy work on the plantations, and homes of their masters so as to rebel against slavery. Slaves could use their native languages in dances, and songs to provoke and tease their masters without their knowledge as a form of resistance.
The slaves used covert ways in order to be successful because open revolt, and violent resistance strategies had dire consequences. The covert forms were very successful to them because, they realized that in order to survive and live a trouble-free life, acceptance and cooperation was obligatory. The most effective method of slavery resistance was the day-to-day resistance. It was more effective because, the slaves were able to evade doing the days work loads. The small acts resistance helped reinforce the slavery institution as it pushed the boundaries of freedom slowly eroding the institution of slavery. Slaves pushed their masters to relieve them from heavy work loads, and give them some freedom, and when they declined, they punctuated to everyday’s forms of resistance which led to running away, and rebellions. The less radical ways like escaping, and day-to-day forms of resistance were the most effective.
The overt forms of resistance did not work well for them because if caught by their masters, they had dire consequences. Armed rebellion was used less frequent than concealed forms of resistance. Rebellion forms of resistance were discovered in advance even before they are carried out, and this did form of resistance was less effective. Marronage was used but this strategy angered the slave masters, and those found were brutally beaten and murdered and this hurt them instead of helping them.
Ones geographical location influenced the type of resistance they used against slavery. The slaves who were familiar with the geographical terrain of North America found it very easy to escape to the North without any difficulties. The slaves in Border States had an advantage because they were able to escape easily to the North and even to Canada.
In essence, African Americans worked as slaves for white masters for many years. They became increasingly dissatisfied with slavery, and they decided to resists against this institution. Africans strived to overcome the slavery institution, and they were able to do it. The most effective form of resistance was day-to-day resistance whereby they refused to work, sabotage and not doing their work well.
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