Unformatted text preview: in agriculture and, therefore, their expertise at planting and cultivating could be put to use. Their workdays were very long going from sunup to well into the evening hours. In addition to being sexually coerced, slave women were often times forced to live with other slave men for the sole purpose or reproducing more slave children. They endured some of the most horrifying experiences any person should ever encounter from being physically, emotionally, and sexually abused to witnessing the sale of a family member to a nearby or far away plantation with the possibility of never seeing that family member again. Slave marriages and family ties were not recognized by American law. Of all the threats to slave family life, one of the most terrible was the sexual abuse of slave women. Men and women were both put to work in the fields at the discretion of their masters....
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- Physical abuse, Psychological trauma, sunup