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Slaves being burned

Slaves being burned


Phases in Slave Life – Property (slaves) being burned. Punishment of slaves for burning an overseers hut and killing a child . The slaves had been promised their freedom by the will of their master, but it was not given them and their anger turned against the overseer. They were hung and burnt alive for this crime. From The White Slave or Negro life in the Slave States of America, by R Hildreth. This is a story about a mixed race slave in America. Published London, no date.

The language used to describe people of African descent in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is unacceptable in today’s terms. We cannot avoid using this language in its original context. To change the words would impose 20th century attitudes on history.

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