how did slaves try to communicate with each other?

im taking american history and right now we are talking bout slaves and within the 1800s how slave owners would buy land and slaves to create products..also back in the day slaves would use other communication skills (not talking) in order to communicate with each other..if yu know any other communitcation skill that they used besides talkinq would be great !!!!
if yu kno da songs dat dey have sunged please tell me && i only need four different ways dey would communicate with each other

3 Responses to “how did slaves try to communicate with each other?”

  1. Laredo Says:

    Another answerer has already suggested songs, but they also used drums. When they were in Africa they would communicate by beating the drums, it meant something to them and to anyone in the area at the time. They also had their own language and I am sure that if there was no slave owners around they would talk to each other in their own languages, but it would be a whipping if they were caught.

  2. michael Says:

    The songs they sung while working. The white workers would think it was just songs to pass the time, but in theirs songs they would be giving messages to other slaves.

  3. William Says:

    There were what are now called "N e gro Spirituals" – it isn’t a derogatory term; it refers to the habit of black slaves gathering late in the evening on the Sabbath and holding a church service. Many of the hymns they sang did in fact contain secret messages – the message could be amended by changing a few words in the hymns. The title of one was "Follow the Drinking Gourd". That’s the constellation of stars known as the Big Dipper – it points the way to the North Star, which in turn kept the escaping slaves headed in the right direction.
    On the Freedom Trail, the modern term for the Underground Railroad, there were "stations" along the way, the presence and location of which was sometimes indicated by certain bits of laundry hung on a line just so. There were the "freedom quilts" that, by the patterns sewn into them, helped point the way safely to freedom.
    And of course there were complex vocabularies consisting entirely of hand signs, like modern sign language used by our deaf citizens today.