Flogging: Holes Dug in Ground to Protect Unborn Children of Pregnant Slaves

4 Posted by - October 29, 2017 - LATEST POSTS, SLAVERY

Most slave women worked in the fields right along with the men, enduring hard labor from sun up to sun down. Some slave women who were chosen to work inside the main house. Early adolescence for female slaves was often difficult because of the threat of exploitation. For some young women, puberty marked the beginning of a lifetime of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse from masters and mistresses, overseers, and male slaves.

For other slave women, work in the planter’s home included close interaction with their owners, which often led to intimate relationships with white men or friendships with white women. House servants would tend to the needs of their plantation mistresses by dressing them, combing their hair, sewing their clothing, and often nursing their infants. They were expected to be on call 24 hours a day.

Slave owners did not hesitate when it came to what they called disciplining their slaves, which also included pregnant women. When female slaves were whipped, they were often stripped to the waist, or tied to a tree or from a rafter in the barn. If the slave woman was pregnant, slave owners didn’t want to disturb the unborn baby, which they considered their “property.” Therefore, they forced women to dig holes in the ground, made them lie down with their pregnant bellies in the hole, and beat them viciously.

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sources:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/experience/gender/history.html

http://spartacus-educational.com/USASpunishments.htm

26 Comments

  • ROBBIN ALEXANDER September 22, 2016 - 3:03 pm Reply

    WOW NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME ON HOW CRULE HUMAN BEING R TO OTHER HUAMANS BEING

    • Ms. Joyce October 17, 2016 - 2:23 am Reply

      How cruel Caucasians are is correct, check history.

  • WILLIAM BRAXTON September 24, 2016 - 9:38 am Reply

    SENATOR RAND PAUL’S BLACK BLACK FRIEND’S SAID THAT THEY WISHED THEY LIVED DURING SLAVERY TIMES COMPARED TO NOW UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA.

  • Candice Angela. White September 28, 2016 - 12:35 pm Reply

    Rand Paul friend is not black they are a WFN.

  • renee September 30, 2016 - 9:35 am Reply

    These were heathens and demons, and now they have grand kids still amongst us doing the same thing just in a different way.

  • Adriane October 7, 2016 - 10:43 am Reply

    My father was told of some of the horrors of slavery, when I asked him he would pass some of those stories down to me, he was born in 1932, not a slave himself but his grandfather was. My grandfather his father was born in 1870, his father was born in 1841. I was told I had an uncle who was lynched for looking at a white man in the eyes, I was told my grandfathers father was hung within inches of his life, then spared. My grandfather was a sharecropper down in Forest, Mississippi, one of the most segregated evil places to live, named after the infamous Bedford Forest the head of the KKK after the civil war.

  • Hondillac October 12, 2016 - 7:14 am Reply

    @William Braxton – You are a total idiot!!! How could you compare something so horrible to something that stupid!!! I would love to see a white person live in a black persons shoes for one day!!! I’m sure you would die!! So why don’t you go and hang yourself!!!!!

    • Ms. Joyce October 17, 2016 - 2:42 am Reply

      Thank you. Everyone that want to hide under unfair treatment, and discrimination comparing themselves to Blacks should be shamed into silence. When anyone speaks of family separation should shut up, many can go back to their country and find grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles. Black families were SOLD, some never holding their new baby but for minutes or days before the child was SOLD. How many of the complainers walk in the shoes of enslavement NEVER PAID FOR WORK, Blacks built a country, fought for this country, and still spat upon. @Adrine, try doing research, stop being lazy in searching for truth on your own. MAN CAN LIE ABOUT HISTORY, BUT HE CANNOT CHANGE ‘FACTS’.

      If Black would ask themselves one question they would NEVER consider themselves inferior, “Why was it against the law for Black to read & write? Blacks were NEVER the product of trash from the prisons of England and its prison, unclean and uneducated. Obama would have been the ‘norm”, Bush would have been the novelty. Blacks were beaten out of fear, fear of their greatness. Remember 1619 to present, know thy self.

  • Janice Tuggle October 12, 2016 - 12:35 pm Reply

    Seeing these truths makes you understand more and more why “they” are in deniable about the part they played in the cruelty to Black that continues to this day just in a different form. It should be hard to look yourself in the mirror knowing what type of sick individuals your ancestors were and probably still are.

  • MJ August 31, 2017 - 1:38 am Reply

    “Intimate relationships or friendships?” Oh, is that what they experienced? Whomever wrote this appears to be delusional. Enslaved women were raped and brutalized, exploited, abused, treated like nothing. Big house or fields. Stop romanticizing slavery.

  • Marko davis October 30, 2017 - 7:46 am Reply

    Slavery was a war crime you can’t just walk away from a crime you have to restore and correct it and appologive white people done either one

  • Brandon March 16, 2018 - 3:37 pm Reply

    My aren’t you racist and incredibly ignorant. You’re just as bad as those who think entire races are beneath their own. There’s plenty of history of every race being cruel, killing, enslaving and selling their own people. Open a book instead of your mouth.

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