Whipping a Slave, Virginia, 19th cent.

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Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, The Story of My Life (Hartford, 1897), p. 215

Caption, "The Brutal Whipping of Matt"; depicted is the whipping of a slave, "Matt," on a plantation in southern Virginia on the North Carolina border. The beating occurs, Livermore writes, because the overseer was injured in an accidental burning at the blacksmith's forge, and irrationally decided that Matt was responsible. The slave Matt, "a most intelligent and manly fellow, a great favorite with the children and myself" received thirty-nine lashes, and was beaten until "the lacerated body hung limp and seemingly lifeless" (pp. 212-17)