Slavery in the North


Phillis Wheatley

The Rights and Restrictions of Northern Slaves


Slavery in the North was tied to the slave trade since no large-scale plantation agriculture existed outside Rhode Island.


New England slaveholders usually held only  2 slaves per family and most were considered domestic servants.


Slaveholding was a “status symbol” for northern whites.


Northern masters often taught their slaves to read and write. 


Food, housing, clothing, and medical care for the slaves depended on the status of the master, but northern slaves generally lived under better conditions than southern slaves.



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