As the other educator states, the experience of slaves in New England and the southern colonies differed because the economies of the two regions were vastly different. The large-scale plantations in the south meant that southern slaves lived in large slave communities. This allowed them to develop a strong culture and identity in spite of, and in many ways also because of, the many restrictions placed on them by their white abusers.
The lack of large slave communities in the north meant that slaves there typically had little interaction with other slaves. They might be their master's only slave and had no community to call their own. This meant that they were more often obliged to interact with the white community than slaves in the south were.
Also, because large-scale farming never developed the way it did in the south, slaves in New England were often trained in a trade such as carpentry, blacksmithing, or ship-building. Many of these jobs, while still labor-intensive, were not as...
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