Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

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Planters feared slaves not so much because of the ill treatment slaves received at their hands, as the first answer above implies; that is a situation which could easily be remedied. Rather, they feared them because of the general fear of a slave rebellion in opposition to the institution itself. Additionally, in at least one colony, South Carolina, slaves outnumbered whites considerably. One of the major Slave rebellions of history occurred in South Carolina, the Stono Rebellion.

There was mistreatment of slaves unquestionably; but this was not universal; there was, however a universal resentment of the institution itself by slaves. There is no indication that the slaves of the Stono Rebellion were mistreated; rather they rose in rebellion to the institution, killing all whites in their path and raising a flag of freedom as they marched. The situation had been exacerbated by interference from the Spanish, who offered freedom to any slave who escaped and converted to Catholicism....

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