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.