Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

History

Abstract

Coping Mechanisms Used by Slaves in Charleston, South Carolina

In Charleston, South Carolina during the Antebellum Era slaves used coping mechanisms to survive the oppression and dehumanization of slavery. Slave implemented coping mechanisms such as religion and music into their daily lives which provided them with a source of hope and solace. Former slaves have stated in personal interviews and writings that reflecting on something other than their reality of bondage inspired them and created hope for a new future. The enslaved found hope through religion and accepted the biblical stories of Christianity as prophecy of the future. Music relayed their feelings through song and dance. Slaves created spirituals to sing during worship and praise services and felt compelled to sing and hum the tunes while they labored. Coping Mechanisms supported the enslaved in their ordeal by creating a diversion of escape from reality.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Brian Crim

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Coping Mechanisms Used by Female Slaves in Charleston during the Antebellum Era

Coping Mechanisms Used by Slaves in Charleston, South Carolina

In Charleston, South Carolina during the Antebellum Era slaves used coping mechanisms to survive the oppression and dehumanization of slavery. Slave implemented coping mechanisms such as religion and music into their daily lives which provided them with a source of hope and solace. Former slaves have stated in personal interviews and writings that reflecting on something other than their reality of bondage inspired them and created hope for a new future. The enslaved found hope through religion and accepted the biblical stories of Christianity as prophecy of the future. Music relayed their feelings through song and dance. Slaves created spirituals to sing during worship and praise services and felt compelled to sing and hum the tunes while they labored. Coping Mechanisms supported the enslaved in their ordeal by creating a diversion of escape from reality.