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  •  I don't know how much slave studies you've read (1+ / 0-)
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    nor can I summarize in a comment all the ones that I have. Close studies of plantation records have found that certain slaves bore the brunt of physical punishment, and the ones who were punished the most tended to be the most rebellious or the strongest. Slaves represented a major capital investment, an economic fact which put a brake on the most rapacious desires of their owners.

    Most slaves, furthermore, did not live on plantations. Many, in fact, lived in households with fewer than five slaves, which means they had deeper and stronger personal relationships with their owners than the stereotyped field slave who was managed by an overseer and may not have even known their owner personally. Having a more personal relationship was by no means an absolute protection against beatings and rape -- most rape today, we know, is so-called date rape -- but it does provide a different context than the one caricatured in the diary.

    The average lifespan of a slave in the United States was over fifty years. Three hundred and sixty-five days a year, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Almost all slaves had families, and many were able to sustain prolonged relationships with their families. They cooked, they laughed, they loved, they danced, and they sang. Most of them were punished by their owners during their lifetimes, and many of them were raped. I think it's wrong to reduce their entire experience to the harshest punishments some of them received sometimes.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 10:39:08 PM PST

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