Virginia Slave Laws - Keely Armstrong Hist 250 Cole Krueger Virginia Slave Laws Reaction This document focuses on the Virginia Slave Laws as well

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Keely Armstrong Hist 250 Cole Krueger Virginia Slave Laws Reaction This document focuses on the Virginia Slave Laws as well as a perspective from a plantation owner in the 1660s and so forth. The slave laws are biased toward the Englishmen and against the indentured servants and other forms of slaves that were being used in that time period, because the people who wrote them were also Englishmen. The masters were allowed to fornicate with slaves and if a woman were to become pregnant the status of the slaves child would be based on the mothers freedom, despite the plantation owners role in the pregnancy. Slaves feared for their lives because any mistake they made could have serious repercussions, including death. The part of the document that stuck out to me the most was the section by William Byrd. His writing is set up as journal entries, possibly like a diary only meant for himself. He talks about the way he treats the slaves such as their lashings and beatings for running away or other things that seem like minor mistakes. I assume that Eugene is one of those slaves, who pees the bed and is forced to drink “a pint of piss”. The punishment William Byrd and other plantation owners put their slaves through were extremely cruel, unfair, and unnecessary. They were forced to work for unappreciative people in inhumane circumstances, however; in their culture those acts were seen as completely normal treatment of the slaves. This article was very eye opening and interesting to read.

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