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The Slave Experience Payton Remiger - Hour 6 CITS History - Mr. Cink
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Slavery is the act of being owned by another human. Slaves are treated as objects, and not as human beings. Many feel that slavery is wrong. Slavery was most popular during the Civil War, in U.S. History. Slave owners often treated slaves however they wanted. The slaves had no rights, no voice, and no escape. Many slaves had good and bad experiences, but in the end, treated fairly or not, the slaves were never truly free, no matter how good or bad they were treated. Good and bad experiences are explained by: Richard Toler, Clayton Holbert, and Charity Anderson. Richard Toler was a slave to Henry Toler in Lynchburg, Virginia. Toler did everything from masonry to making tobacco. As a slave, Toler was treated well. That was not the case for other slaves on the plantation. “Come, on back, - we won't whip you.” “But they killed some of the niggahs, whipped 'em to death.” (Thompson, Ruth). Toler did not always belong to Henry Toler. Around the middle of the Civil War he belonged to members of the Ku Klux Klan. Surprisingly, Toler’s masters treated him well. Again, this was not the case for fellow slaves. “ They would strip 'em naked, and put 'em across barrels, and whip 'em till the blood run out of 'em, and then they would put salt in the raw pahts. And ah seen it, and it was as bloody aroun' em as if they'd stuck hogs.” (Thompson, Ruth). Even though Toler was treated well as a slave, he still was overjoyed when he was set free.
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  • Fall '16
  • Mr. David Cink
  • Slave, Document, Treatment, Cotton, Confederacy, Experience, Slaves, Primary, primary document, plantations

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