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Slavery in America thrived and continued to grow because there was a scarcity of labor Cultivation of crops on plantations could be supervised while slaves used simple routines to harvest them the low price at which slaves could be bought and earning profits as a bonus for not having to pay hired work But in the beginning half of the 19th century a strong push for slaverys final straw was coming The people of the South tended to be more genteel and seemed not quite adjusted to hard work but more to giving orders The idea of telling people how to do their work just seemed to fit all too well into this scenario Slaves lived under virtually unsuitable conditions Douglass account of a slaves life told of the trying times on the plantation An allowance was given to the workers A monthly allowance consisted of mostly of pork and corn meal but also some money Yearly slaves were given clothes a couple shirts and two pairs of pants-one pair of pants for winter and one pair for the other times of the year They were not given beds to sleep on but rather a blanket for the floor On top of lack of basic necessities slaves were forced to work around the clock If they were not at their total output for the minute their owners they would be forced by the whip and encouraged to work harder as an owner might feel They were always subject to profanity from their masters and treated more like horses Just like horses they were bred to be strong in the mindset of outputSlave owners would also sexually take advantage of women slavesSlaves turned to freedom for more than this reason though Some were obsessed with being free and living a life where they were not told how to live-and who wouldnt be Then there were some that were treated so cruelly that it forced them
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