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Through much of the 20th century, most historians were not interested int e bottom of society. Andrew Jackson’s life mattered; those of his slaves did not. Yet we cannot comprehend America’s past without understanding slavery. And that is impossible without knowing slavery’s impact of slaves. With these sources you will examine the lives slaves led within the institution filled with contradictions, deception, and self-deception.

Questions:

1) In what ways were slaves able to shape their own world on James Hammond’s Silver Bluff Plantation, according to source 1?

2) To what extent were Hammond’s slaves able to resist the oppression of slavery?

3) Do the primary sources support or contradict the essay’s conclusions about the nature of slavery?

4) What were the most important factors affecting the slave experience?