Why Didn’t Slaves Rebel?

From Rebellion to Revolution: Afro-American Slave Revolts in the Making of the Modern World

by Eugene D. Genovese
In the wake of the bloody Nat Turner slave rebellion in 1831, a Virginia legislator reassured himself and his colleagues by announcing, “Our slave population is not only a happy one, but it is a contented, peaceful and harmless one.” That assertion would have startled American slaveholders a generation earlier.