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Slaves on the plantations developed their own culture and identity by sharing beliefs and traditions from their African homelands. Over time, many of these traditions combined with Christianity brought across by missionaries. The conversion of slaves to Christianity caused tensions, not least because slave owners resented slaves taking time off for services. There was also a culture clash between the very strict approach of white preachers and the more congregational approach of the slaves.
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24 February 1997

Classroom Ideas

Take a sheet of paper and write 'Slave Identity' in the middle. On the left hand side, list of the influences which affected slaves. On the right hand side, list the ways in which slaves took on, rejected or adapted these influences to create a new identity.

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