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The Louisiana Slave Database

SOWK 300 Computer Applications in the Social Sciences Fall 2011 Shanice Elliott Section 02 TTH
Age Categories of Slaves in Louisiana
After looking at the graph of age categories I can conclude that majority of the slaves were categorized under a group that was unknown. Since this particular group was not identified I can also conclude that the ages of these slaves were unknown. The reason that theses slave ages may have been unknown is because that most slave owners probably didnt keep up with the ages of their slaves or didnt care. The graph below shows the age categories of slaves primarily in Louisiana during 1719 to 1820.
Table 1 Gender of respondents


Imagine being out in the fields hunting with your father and all of a sudden you are ambushed. An enemy tribe attacks you and your father. You fight as had as you can but are overwhelmed by the number of tribesmen. You are hit in the head with a rock and fall unconscious. When you wake you are being loaded into a wooden cargo. You cringe in fear as you and your fellow captives are herded into this wooden cargo. You are no longer a free living being you are now a slave. The word slavery tends to evoke images of Africans being transported in chains.

Slavery is one of the most insightful topics of African American History. For centuries, slavery was once accepted amongst numerous of Americans. These many Americans consisted of those from the South whereas most Northerners opposed it. The issue still leaves a bruise on the heart of many Americans mainly African Americans. After analyzing this data I can conclude that life as an African American was not valued to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery.
Table 1 Gender of respondents

The term slave is defined as a person held in enslavement as the chattel of another. The most well-known cases of slavery occurred during the settling of the United States of America. From 1619 until July 1st 1928 slavery was allowed within our country. The first slaves in America were brought over in the slave trade to help with work on plantations and in return they received housing as well as food. The rising of liberty and equality in America is said to be complemented by slavery. The up rise of America was complemented by slavery and the colonizers learned early on that slavery would be an efficient way to assemble a country and create free labor. There was a sure supplement of slavery with the rising of liberty and equality in America.

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gender female male missing

frequency n/a n/a n/a

Percentage 39.2% 50.8% 10%



Runaway slaves in Louisiana

After looking at this graph on runaway slaves I can conclude that no slave agreed with their status if they attempted any of these things. It is very shocking to me that only 5.1% of the slaves attempted to run away. Even more shocking that no one helped others run away or even fix their mouths to complain or talk about running away. The graph above shows runaway slaves in Louisiana during 1719 to 1820. They are categorized as missing, slaves that have run away, consorted with runaways, and have complained about runaways.

Moovie. (2009). Transatlantic slavery documentary [Web]. Retrieved from Hall, Gwendolyn Midlo. (2000). The Louisiana slave database and the Louisiana free database. Retrieved from