I would imagine most slaves lived in survival mode. just trying to get thru the day w/o being beaten or worked to death or meeting some other kind of violent end. And for some, trying to stay near their children.

I wouldn't assume there were going to be immediate bonds formed btwn slaves who had just met.

There were all sorts of fears and rivalries: men vs women, light vs dark, house vs field, old vs young, up the river vs down the river, born free vs freed, etc.

Survival oftentimes might have come down to placating massah, doing what you had to do and not going out on a limb for anyone.

That's not an assault on anyone's integrity. It's just the reality of trying to stay alive.

I'm sure there were plenty of friendships and fondness felt. But survival is always the first law of humankind.

Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 01-14-2013 at 11:25 AM.