I tried to treat them with indifference or contempt.
The master's age, my extreme youth, and the fear that his conduct would be reported to my grandmother, made him bear this treatment for many months.
Charles Ball, a slave from Maryland, commented on a slave market that sold pregnant slaves.
"The stranger, who was a thin, weather-beaten, sunburned figure, then said, he wanted a couple of breeding wenches, and would give as much for them as they would bring in Georgia.
I have even known them to gratify their brutal passion with females not ten years old." Henry Bibb, a slave from Shelby County, Kentucky, has argued: "A poor slave's wife can never be true to her husband contrary to the will of her master.
James Norcom attempted to have sex with her: "My master, Dr. Young as I was, I could not remain ignorant of their import.
Child-bearing started around the age of thirteen, and by twenty the women slaves would be expected to have four or five children.
To encourage child-bearing some population owners promised women slaves their freedom after they had produced fifteen children.
Where imported Africans dominated a local slave society, slave women simply did not give birth to the numbers of children necessary to maintain, still less to increase, the local slave population." The death-rate amongst slaves was high.
To replace their losses, plantation owners encouraged the slaves to have children.