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Life under Slavery
  • Authored by: Deborah H. DeFord
  • From the Series: Slavery in the Americas
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816061351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6135-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 03/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 306.3
  • Reading Level: Grades 5-8
  • Pages: 112


When enslaved African peoples were first brought to the New World, estranged from their homeland, they adapted their native rituals, religions, customs, language, and arts to their new home. In doing so, they held onto their rich heritage while introducing aspects of it into the Americas. From the set Slavery in the Americas, Life Under Slavery explores this intriguing time in American history more thoroughly.

Topics include:

  • Typical living conditions of enslaved Africans
  • The blending of different African ethnic groups
  • Some slaves' resistance to religious conversion and the development of new religions and cultural traditions
  • How Black Codes established codes of conduct and molded slave life
  • New family structures that evolved in response to families broken by slavery
  • Life in different sectors of the slave industry.


Black-and-white photographs. Maps and graphs. Glossary. Further reading. Timeline. Sidebars. Fact boxes. Index.

About the Author(s)

Deborah H. DeFord is a freelance writer, editor, researcher, and packager. She holds a B.A. in English from Eastern Connecticut State University. An author of six books, DeFord has also published multiple articles and produced an advice column for young people, as well as an online, interactive cable television program.

Reviews and Awards

"Clearly written, accessible, and well organized...Useful..."
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