Passive Slave Rebellion Research Paper

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Slave rebellions were mainly categorized into two main categories: aggressive actions and passive actions. Aggressive slave rebellions were open rebellions and are seen as the most pronounced rebellions by slaves. Examples of aggressive slave rebellions would be the Nat Turner Rebellion and the Second Seminole War that involved slaves. Examples of passive actions would include running away, poisoning, and sabotaging. Passive rebellions generally gave more favorable outcomes than aggressive rebellions due to the fact that they were less detected. Aggressive slave rebellions were typically less common and was more violent than passive slave rebellions. Typically, for violent rebellions to happen the conditions were extremely unpleasant. The Nat Turner Rebellion was the most violent slave rebellion taking…show more content…
Passive slave resistances was more common and less likely to minimize slaves’ freedom compared to aggressive rebellions which typically restricted laws. With the help of freed African slaves and white abolitionist, 130,000 slaves are estimated to escape the south by using the Underground Railroad. Although punishment for escaping was harsh, it did not certainly mean death compared to aggressive rebellions. Aside escaping from plantations, another act of passive insubordination was work related incidents. Work related incidents can be defined as breaking work materials or going as slow as possible to get the a certain task fulfilled. It was often difficult for masters to determine who damaged the items, because slaves typically did not inform the master on who the guilty party was. In conclusion passive resistances were more undetected and less likely to have more restrictions placed on the slaves. (Brand, & Breen, 2015, pp.

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