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date: 15 May 2021

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This chapter examines the folkways of African American slaves on American plantations. It explains that the first generation of Africans who were brought to North American shores were skilled farmers and craftsmen and the women were skilled in the production of textiles and quilting. It also discusses the accounts of several eyewitnesses including Frederick Law Olmstead, which described the African American slaves as living in log cabins of various degrees of comfort and of commodiousness. This article also suggests that the social solidarity showed by the enslaved African Americans as they developed a community of workers served as a seedbed both of resistance against plantation owners and the formation of an African American identity.

Keywords: African American slaves, folkways, American plantations, skilled farmers, Frederick Law Olmstead, log-cabins, social solidarity, community of workers, African American identity

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