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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treatment_of_slaves_in_the_United_States

The treatment of slaves in the United States varied by time and place, but was generally brutal and degrading. Whipping and sexual abuse, including rape, were common. Teaching slaves to read was discouraged or (depending upon the state) prohibited, so as to hinder aspirations for escape or rebellion. In response to ...

courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-ushistory/chapter/slavery-in-the-u-s

Treatment was generally characterized by brutality, degradation, and inhumanity. Whippings, executions, and rapes were commonplace, and slaves were usually denied educational opportunities, such as learning how to read or write. Medical care was often provided to slaves by the slaveholder's family or fellow slaves ...

mises.org/library/brutality-slavery

Jan 28, 2013 ... How the Negro slaves were treated may be gauged by the diary of the aforementioned William Byrd II, who felt himself to be a kindly master and often inveighed against “brutes who mistreat their slaves.” Typical examples of this kindly treatment were entered in his diary: 2-8-09: Jenny and Eugene were ...

www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2956.html

Illnesses were generally not treated adequately, and slaves were often forced to work even when sick. The rice plantations were the most deadly. Black people had to stand in water for hours at a time in the sweltering sun. Malaria was rampant. Child mortality was extremely high on these plantations, generally around 66% ...

www.ushistory.org/us/27b.asp

The overseer was paid to get the most work out of the slaves; therefore, overseers often resorted to whatever means was necessary. Sometimes the slaves would drive the overseer off the plantation in desperation. When slaves complained that they were being unfairly treated, slaveholders would most often be very ...

spartacus-educational.com/USASpunishments.htm

James Ramsay, a doctor working for several sugar plantations in St Kitts, was shocked by the way the slaves were treated by the overseers. Ramsay later recalled in his book, Essay on the Treatment and Conversion of African Slaves in the British Sugar Colonies (1784): "The ordinary punishments of slaves, for the common ...

www.quora.com/How-were-slaves-treated-on-cotton-plantations

Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave pretty much accurately depicts life on a cotton plantation in the mid 19th century. The answer is probably "much worse than you can imagine". Slaves were regularly whipped, usually so hard that the skin on their bac...

www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/5602

Slaves were generally allowed a day off on Sunday, and on infrequent holidays such as Christmas or the Fourth of July. ... One area of their lives in which slaves were able to exercise some autonomy from their masters was creating a family. ... Slaves had no way to legally protest their masters' harsh treatment and abuse.

historyengine.richmond.edu/episodes/view/4814

Through these letters we can use the weather as an indicator to determine how well slaves were being treated and cared for on the plantation. This is not to downplay the immoral act of slavery or to say that there were not slave masters who treated slaves poorly because they did exist. Rather, the theme of weather and its ...