Black Peoples of America - Slave Punishments
Slaves had no rights
Owners could do whatever they liked with their slaves.
Often this included inflicting harsh punishments.
A slave would be punished for:
Not working hard enough
Talking too much or using their native language
Stealing from his master
Murdering a white man
Trying to run away
Being put in shackles Being put in various contraptions Being chained to the ground
Being whipped Being forced to walk a treadmill Being hung and left to die
The more serious the 'crime' committed, the more severe the punishment.
Plantation owners often made the other slaves watch the punishment to prevent them from slacking at work or trying to run away.
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