Enslaved workers would slow down their work production, fake illness, purposely break machinery, and steal products from the slaver - all of which would mess with what the master cared about most - his money!
Some enslaved people ran away temporarily, to visit a friend, spouse, or child at another plantation. Others ran away permanently, to form a “maroon” colony or to a free state or country.
Preserving Culture and Community
One of the worst aspects of slavery was dehumanization. Keeping culture and community alive was a major way to resist this - our ancestors were still human, and would never give that up! Dance and music were ways they could communicate across language barriers AND secretly make fun of slavers!