The Lives of Slaves on Plantations vs. the Lives of Slaves in Big Cities

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The lives of Slaves on Plantations vs. the lives of Slaves in Big Cities
During the mid 18th century African Americans living in the United States were born, raised, and sold as slaves. Many of them were transported from Africa to the Americas through the middle passage. Arriving in the Americas, African Americans were sold as slaves to slave owners during auctions and were sent out to different homes in order to start their new lives. Many slaves were sent out to large rural plantations in the South and many slaves were sent out to more urban areas like the cities of New Orleans and Baltimore. The lives of slaves on plantations differed greatly from the lives of slaves in the cities. Slaves who lived on plantations worked very long and
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Since many slaves were forced to work during hot and humid summer days without any proper care, food, and clothing this caused them to be prone to illness. Sicknesses such as yellow fever, malaria, and many other diseases caused the deaths of many slaves working on plantations. The alarming amount of wide spread disease was a big fear amongst plantation workers because many slaves were scared that they too would catch something and die due to the lack of medications and care. For slave owners the lives of slaves held no true value and were not viewed as equals to the white race, as Marie St Claire, a slave owner states in Uncle Tomes Cabin when she says, “putting them on any sort of equality with us, you know, as if we could be compared, why, it' impossible!“ (151). Slaves were left to fend for themselves, unattained to their needs any slaves watched others die right in front of their very own eyes. If a slave misbehaved on the plantation his owner would take violent measures such as beating him in order to teach him a lesson. Some slave owners would even whip their slaves causing massive scars and bad lashes all across their bodies (Berkin). Many of these injuries were not properly taken care of and would easily get infected, which would leave the slaves in pain for long periods of times. In his memoire Slave Life in Georgia, John Brown, a fugitive
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