Silver Bluff Plantation
As it seemed in the mid 1800’s, slavery was beginning to get reckless. Tension and the testing of James Henry Hammond’s patience was coming to a rise on his plantation once his slaves were starting to take advantage of his “control”, or lack thereof. As it appeared, Hammond seemed to show more of a sympathetic and relinquishment side to his slaves. This assisted the slaves on his plantation to become more civilized with themselves. It made them have a more at home feeling and gave them some type of hope that their lives weren’t going to be as bad on his land as compared to being on someone else’s property. Religion, lack of authority, and compassion are key factors that the slaves on Hammonds plantation focused on to shape their own world.
Hammond attempted to withdrawal whatever he could from the slaves to relieve any type of passion towards them- that included religion. He would bring in a caucasion priest to church to prevent black worshipping. The author, Drew Gilpin Faust, explains that “At first he tried to compel slaves into white churches simply by making black ones unavailable, and even sought to prevent his neighbors from permitting black churches on their own lands” (Hollitz p220). Hammonds idea of preventing such religion on his land was quickly coming to a cease with his slaves. He was to the point that he was unable to remove the slaves mentality of their black religious beliefs. It stayed persistent and constant with his slaves. It seemed that the more that Hammond would push the opposite religion onto his slaves, the more persistent they would become with their own religion. His slaves were stubborn to not take a caucasion man’s words into consideration and keep their own beliefs to themselves. This led to the struggle of control for Hammond.
Hammond starting getting the feeling that his slaves were “trying” him. They started to test his patience and his actual acts of control. He noticed their work pattern was...
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