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Most slave owners identified as Christians and they used the bible to defend their slaves ownership. They developed “The Curse of Ham” analogy from the Noah’s story. Canaan was dropped from the story, Ham was made black, and his descendants were made Africans.
The christian novel of reference says that Noah had cursed Ham and his descendants into being slaves to Japheth and shem (Wypipo) They concluded that this gave them the right to own slaves.
They also manipulated the slaves against any revolt using their novel by reading them verses from Paul’s Epistles that instructed them to be obedient to their masters as a ways of ‘pleasing god’. Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, beating, mutilation, branding and/or imprisonment. Punishment was always the response to disobedience or perceived infractions, but masters sometimes abused slaves to assert dominance.
Pregnancy was not a barrier to punishment; methods were devised to administer lashings without harming the baby. Slave masters would dig a hole big enough for the woman’s stomach to lie in and proceed with the lashings.
The mistreatment of slaves frequently included rape and the sexual abuse of women. The sexual abuse of slaves was partially rooted in historical Southern culture and its view of the enslaved as property.
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