Slavery. Antebellum North Carolina and the United States.
Antebellum North Carolina
“Slaves prayed for freedom….Slavery was a bad thing and freedom, of the kind we got with nothing to live on was bad. Two snakes full of poison. One lyin’ with his head pointin’ north, the other with his head pointin’ south. Their names was slavery and freedom. The snake call slavery lay with his head pointed south and the snake called freedom lay with his head pointed north. Both bit…and they was both bad.”
former slave from Wake County
“The female slaves were, some of them, sitting on logs of wood, whilst others were standing, and a great many little black children were warming themselves a the fires of the bivouack. In front of them all, and prepared for the march, stood, in double files, about two hundred male slaves, manacled and chained to each other.”
They are to have Two good Suits of Clothes-one for Summer , and one of good woolen cloth for Winter-two pair of good double-soled shoes and one pair of woolen Stockings, one good wool hat and a Blanket not less that six feet long. A woman having one child a Blanket is to be supplies for every two children.
Josiah Collins, III