Slave Cabins at Boone Hall Plantation. (July 2000) Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 15:19 Dec. 7, 2017.
The cash crop economy of South Carolina relied on the slavery of African-Americans.
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Learn more about the practice of slavery in America and around the world.
- Slavery Timeline
See key events in the history of slavery in America.
- Slaves in South Carolina: 1525-1865
Read more about the selling of slaves, the life of a slave, and black revolts in South Carolina.
- African Americans at the Nathaniel Russell House
Find out more about the lives of the eighteen enslaved African Americans living in this Charleston home.
- The Colonial Black Experience
Listen to Dr. Walter Edgar describe how slaves were used to grow South Carolina's wealth.
- The Middle Passage
The Middle Passage was the boat trip from Africa and the Americans that enslaved Africans were forced to take.
- What is Gullah?
Learn about the rich Gullah culture that continues in Charleston and the Lowcountry.
- A Year in the Life
Read the entries from a plantation account book to learn more about the life on a plantation.
- Slave Quarters
See pictures of slave quarters on the McLeod Plantation on James Island. These buildings were 20 feet by 12 feet wooden structures.
- Slave Work Songs
Slave work gangs sang call-and-response songs to regulate their movements, talk about their feelings, and make comments about their masters and overseers.
Pieces of History
- Charleston Slave Passes
In Charleston, slaves needed permission notes to be away from their master’s property.
- Slave Collar
Slave collars made of iron were used to punish and identify slaves who had tried to run away.
- Ran Off
Read a newspaper advertisement from September 18, 1762, offering a reward for a runaway slave.