What impact did slavery have on African Americans, both free and enslaved, throughout the South?

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Slavery in the American South proved to have a devastating impact on African Americans. 

Slaves who were forced to work as field hands began their day before dawn and did not finish until after sunset. Their only break was for a noon meal (which often consisted of barely suitable food). For six days a week, they operated under the constant supervision of their overseers, who would exact swift and painful punishment if they exhibited any behaviors that they did not like.

Families were often separated from each other when wives, husbands, and children were sold off...

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