Yeah, SS has no conception of reality often times.
Text books aside, or maybe not, Texas is the one state where slaves had a decent chance of being treated as human-beings. And, Texas was home to a tiny fraction of slaves when compared to other southern slave states. This is not excusing anything, but if someone didn't say something only one part of the history would be spoken of.
Last, some of you really do need better reading comprehension skills, and that's not meant as an insult. But, the part on religion could not be more true. Where do you think so many Christian hymns came from? God was the only thing those people had for any type of hope in their lives.
I may have used different wording than 'self-worth', but the songs & their religion did, in certain ways, build what little self-esteem could be built. Even if the only thing a slave had to hold on their master was the thought that one day they'd be free of him and in Heaven. Hey, after my grandpa died, the thought of Heaven, Jesus, & being with grandpa is about the only thing she ever thought of.
All I'm saying is please try to put some perspective where it should be. Oh, and work on your own state getting their history books corrected, because they are full of errors & omissions in every state.