Early in the new year, a black woman student at my university invited me to guest lecture for a special Black History Month event that would highlight the history of black women. She wanted me to discuss how black women suffered more than black men under slavery since they were always getting raped. I have no desire to downplay or misrepresent this particular history of racialized sexual oppression under slavery, one which basically institutionalized the practice of rape for both economic incentives the increase in slave labor and white supremacy the sexual policing and exploitation of bodies.
Cannot Destroy My Spirit: Punishments suffered by Slave Women Slavery is terrible for men, but far worse for women. Such a strong and potent remark, but a quote that bears some factual evidence in regards to the suffering enslaved women had to endure.
Slavery was an experience of mental, emotional, psychological and physical rape. Torture came in many forms and the affected male and female slaves in various ways. When torture became too unbearable slaves took great actions to annihilate the pain.
However these actions came at a high price, and for many, the cost proved to be fatal. In this essay I will attempt to discuss the punishments inflicted upon slave women.
This is not an easy task, for many reasons. Most primary sources do not distinguish between female and male slaves in respect to the various punishments inflicted on the enslaved.
Written laws did not distinguish between the penalties inflicted on the slaves who committed "crimes. Women bore many burdens during slavery. In addition to coerced labor, and punishment. They had to take care of their children, their families, and they also faced the ever-present threat of sexual exploitation.
In fact, many of the punishments inflicted on women involved some form of sexual overtones. In many cases it seems that the overseer or master or other white person responsible for inflicting pain would experience some form of sexual excitement. So Henry Bibb, an enslaved African, suggests, reporting in his narrative that a master made the comment that he would rather paddle a slave woman than eat food.
Among all the punishments faced by enslaved women, whippings were the most common, or at least the most talked about. The whip used was made of plaited cow-skin. Some overseers report that it was so strong, that it could take the skin off horses back, or lay marks in a "deal board.
Running away was looked at as a serious crime, and many slaves were punished in various ways. Some female slaves was punished so badly that they were left to die. An observer remembered "a woman lying down and groaning her left side, where she had been most whipped appeared in a most mortifying state, and almost covered with worms.
The back of one slave woman in Jamaica, flogged with such a brush, was described as being taken off, down to her heels. Killing livestock field was one such form of active resistance. They faced horrific punishments if caught, including the cutting off of ears, and the pulling out of teeth.
Many enslaved women and girls, even those who were pregnant, did not escape being branded, chained or beaten. Enslaved women in fact endured a higher level of exploitation than the men, because many were also treated as sexual objects. Feb 02, · Early in the new year, a black woman student at my university invited me to guest lecture for a special Black History Month event that would highlight the history of black women. My heart leaped. “I would be delighted to participate,” I said. “What would you like me to discuss?” She was very specific: She [ ]. Slavery in the United States was the legal institution of human chattel enslavement, primarily of Africans and African Americans, that existed in the United States of America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Slavery had been practiced in British America from early colonial days, and was legal in all Thirteen Colonies at the time of the Declaration of .
Women who resisted by raising their hands to the master, or any white person, for that matter, were punished severely:In other cases, enslaved women broke the bonds of not only slavery, but the stereotypes of black womanhood as well.
The enslaved black woman’s slave narrative, such as that written by former slave Mary Prince, is an example of this active form of resistance. The lower Piedmont, or Black Belt, counties—so named after the region's distinctively dark and fertile soil —were the site of the largest, most productive cotton plantations.
Over the antebellum era some two-thirds of the state's total population lived in these counties, which encompassed roughly the middle third of the state. Slaveholders believed women could both labour and care for their children simultaneously, and they routinely exploited enslaved mothers as both workers and as reproducers.
Using Stephanie Camp’s conceptualization of enslaved women’s bodies as sites of resistance, this article argues that despite. Feb 02, · Early in the new year, a black woman student at my university invited me to guest lecture for a special Black History Month event that would highlight the history of black women.
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