Slave Society

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Slavery done so we do not need to remember it!” Respond to this statement drawing specific reference to the nature of slave society and how the enslaved fought against their enslavement.

Slavery done so we do not need to remember it!” Respond to this statement drawing specific reference to the nature of slave society and how the enslaved fought against their enslavement.

Every society, in the Caribbean or anywhere else, is a product of the particular historical forces that shaped it and gave it form. For the Caribbean the most impactful historical force was the introduction of slavery and slave societies to the Caribbean and the period thereafter, up until its abolition. Although slavery is done, it is
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Usually, the slaves in the lowest rung of this social ladder were the ones who rebelled and often domestic slaves were the ones who betrayed them by reporting the plots to their master.” (www.guyana.org). As a result of the enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, “wherever there was slavery, there was resistance”. (V. shepherd).
Until recently the role of the African people who resisted enslavement and fought to end slavery in various ways during the Transatlantic Slave Trade had been ignored. It is important to remember that resistance to slavery had a long history. It began in Africa itself when the Africans fought against enslavement and continued on board the ships, during ‘the middle passage’ and also on the plantations. (N.p, 2009) There were different forms of resistances used by the enslaved Africans in the Caribbean cam be broken down into two main categories; violent and non-violent resistances or more formerly active and passive resistance. There was also marronage which can fall into the category of non-violent resistance whether it was grand, petit or maritime marronage. According to Hilary Beckles “the many slave revolts and plots between 1638 and 1838 could be conceived as the 200 years war”. (Beckles 1991). This was the period where the resistances and revolts used by enslaved Africans was at its peak, enslaved blacks used the various forms of resistances in order to show their dissatisfaction and to
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