A Review of ‘The Problem of Slavery in Christian America’, Part 7: Cruel Punishment and Corporal Mutilation

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: McDurmon’s Rejection of Christendom and Embrace of Egalitarianism
Part 3: McDurmon’s Use of Sources
Part 4: The Slave Trade and Slave Breeding
Part 5: Rape
Part 6: Separation of Families and Systematic Injustice

In this edition of our review of McDurmon’s new book on slavery, we examine the claims that he makes about the brutality of slave owners.

McDurmon alleges that slaves were often punished in brutal fashion in order to force compliance and break the spirit of those who would resist their masters. McDurmon reproduces modern scholarship which portrays the Antebellum South as a veritable horror film of rapine and torture:

Characteristically, stocks closed on hapless women and children, mothers cried for the infants torn cruelly from their arms, and whimpering black women fought vainly to preserve their virtue in the face of the lash or pleaded for mercy while blood flowed from their bare buttocks. A cacophony of horrendous sounds constantly reverberated throughout such plantations: nauseated black men vomited while strung up over slowly burning tobacco leaves, vicious dogs tore black flesh, black men moaned as they were hung up by the thumbs with the whip raising deep welts on their backs and …

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