Oral tradition was a strong feature of many African tribal customs and allowed many African American slaves to feel a sense of cultural connection with the continent of their origins.
Even if a woman seemed agreeable to the situation, in reality she had no choice. One notable uprising was the Stono Rebellion in South Carolina, in which a literate slave named Jemmy led a large group of slaves in an armed insurrection against white colonists, killing several before militia stopped them.
Because they lived and worked in such close proximity, house servants and their owners tended to form more complex relationships. Malaria was rampant.
In Northern and Southern American cities, black communities played a type of music from which ragtime later descended. Any slave found guilty of arson, rape of a white woman, or conspiracy to rebel was put to death.
Some slaves worked as domestics, providing services for the master's or overseer's families. Some burned forests and buildings. Slaves also drew on other aspects of tribal African culture, such as herbal medicine and prayer.
Black and white children were especially in a position to form bonds with each other. Thus slave culture was probably very different on large plantations from what it was on small farms or in urban households, where slave culture and especially Creole slave culture could hardly have avoided being very similar to the master culture.
Drivers were usually hated by the rest of the slaves.