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Vocabulary this week!. brutality. cruelty. They could sing about the brutality of slavery without fear of being punished. portion. Parts of . We all picked a portion of the cotton. misery. suffering. The life of many slaves in the US was often full of misery. hardships. troubles.

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Vocabulary

this week!


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brutality

  • cruelty

They could sing about the brutality of slavery without fear of being punished.


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portion

  • Parts of

We all picked a portion of the cotton.


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misery

  • suffering

The life of many slaves in the US was often full of misery.


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hardships

  • troubles

One way that slaves dealt with hardships was through music.


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heritage

  • Inherit from your ancestors

He is proud of his Norwegian heritage.


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Background Knowledge

Music and Slavery is an informational article and some songs to help the reader gain a better understanding of how music helped slaves transcend the brutalities of slavery.

  • Music has been a part of human life for thousands of years, all over the world. People use music to express many things.

  • When the slaves were taken from their homes in Africa, they came with little or no possessions. The two things slave owners could not take from them were their memories and their traditions.

  • Slaves often sang about Bible stories. The Israelites, who were slaves in the Bible, were promised a homeland. Slaves, who could not own land or even leave the land without permission, looked forward to the “Promised Land” mentioned in the Bible. There they could worship whenever they wished.


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Purposes for reading

  • What jobs did the slaves do?

  • What was a slave’s daily life like?

  • Why might music have been important?

  • How did music make them feel?