Why did the slaves not rebel during the holidays and how did the slave owners manage them from rebeling during the holidays
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Douglass's term of service to Covey ended on Christmas Day, 1833. The time between Christmas and New Years was always given to slaves as a time for merrymaking and leisure, but the masters tried to make sure that the slaves got as debauched as possible so they would believe that freedom was a hassle and was unhealthy. These holidays were always given, however, because they were known among the slaveholders as a way to prevent insurrection. They were "conductors, or safety-valves, to carry off the rebellious spirit of enslaved humanity."