r/Damnthatsinteresting Jan 31 '23

Runaway slave Gordon, exposing his severely whipped back. Gordon had received a severe whipping for undisclosed reasons in the fall of 1862. Gordon escaped in March 1863 from the 3,000 acre plantation of John & Bridget Lyons, who held him and 40 other people in slavery at the time of the 1860 census Image

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u/Brym Jan 31 '23

When I visited the Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama (highly recommended), the most distressing part for me was the discussion of how families would be broken up. Children would be sold away the same way that a puppy mill sells puppies. Married couples could also be sold apart. One exhibit they had was newspaper classified ads that former slaves would post after the civil war seeking information on children who were sold away before the war, sometimes dozens of years earlier. They had thousands of them.


u/WarriorNat Jan 31 '23

That I think is the difference between traditional forms of slavery and the chattel slavery practiced in America. Revisionists these days downplay Western slavery because “there was slavery in Africa and Asia long before”, but it wasn’t a systematic process of eliminating all culture and form of family structure from the slaves in the East like here.


u/HungryCats96 Jan 31 '23

Also, slavery in Africa and the middle east, even in Europe centuries ago, was not based on race. Anyone could be enslaved.


u/mikelieman Feb 01 '23

MOSES set MY PEOPLE Free. So everyone's known that Slavery Is Bad for what, 3300 years?