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:

Resisting slavery

Not working hard enough

Talking too much or using their native language

Stealing from his master

Murdering a white man

Trying to run away

Punishments included:

 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.