Whipping Slaves, Cuba, 1868

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Harper's Weekly (Nov. 28, 1868) vol.12, p. 753 (front page).

Shows a slave laying face down and tied to a ladder; other slaves present and black driver with whip. The Harper's article discusses Cuba's economic importance as a Spanish colony because of revenue produced by slave labor on sugar, coffee, and tobacco plantations; however, the scene illustrated refers to a major slave conspiracy in 1844. Robert Paquette identifies this illustration as the "ladder to which slave suspects were bound before interrogation by the lash" (Sugar is made with blood [Wesleyan University Press, 1988], after p. 206).