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Jeffrey Perez HIS-106D Atlantic Slave Trade Analysis The two sources I chose to analyze are “Instructions to an overseer” and “Examples of resistance among slaves”. They felt like these were the best two sources to use show how the Atlantic Slave Trade was really like and what some of the slaves experienced. Both sources are descriptive but don’t go into detail, mostly explains how things were ran at a farm or plantation in the south during these times. Researchers also explain in these two sources how the work on the fields was done and what punishment was given for wrong doing done by the laborers. The first of the two sources illustrates the many ways laborers showed defiance against their masters. One of the entries suggests that some slaves did eventually get away; it says that two of them ran away and only Charles got away by shoving one of the men aside in the sheep pen. You can also begin to ask why more slaves didn’t revolt if they were so strong and so many got away eventually. Another overseer Elisha Cain, writes how her slave “Darkey” would disturb practically the whole farm and punishing the slave would only make it worse as she then threatened to poison their food. Its quite understanble why slaves did this but most of them didn’t in fear that they would either be sold or just being whipped was a great chastening. Looking further into the first source it demonstrates that women were used for ploughing just as much as men. It goes step by step as to saying most ploughing was done in the months of March and April and that it took barely a week for the cotton to start rising and ten days before the first hoeing commenced. When a new hand or slave were brought in they were whipped and told to pick as much as they could, when finished they would weigh it and every night after that they had to bring in at least that much or more. It wasn’t a…...

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