Whipping a Slave, Virginia, 1850s

Description

Captioned, The Last Daughter, shows a white man whipping a black woman while she holds onto her child. This illustration depicts a scene in which the author of this anti-slavery novel describes how slave children were sold away from their mothers who were past child bearing. In this case, a mother, all of whose children had been sold away, was unwilling to part with her only remaining child; while the girl clung to her mother's dress, the new master whipped the mother, telling her to hold her cursed chatter (p.94). First published as The Slave: or, Memoirs of Archy Moore (Boston, 1836), but without illustrations; the London edition (1852) contains different illustrations (see copies located in the Library Company of Philadelphia).

Source

Richard Hildreth, Archy Moore, the white slave; or, Memoirs of a Fugitive (New York, 1857), p. 95.

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

moore01

Spatial Coverage

North America--Virginia

Citation

"Whipping a Slave, Virginia, 1850s", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 15, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1230
Captioned, The Last Daughter, shows a white man whipping a black woman while she holds onto her child. This illustration depicts a scene in which the author of this anti-slavery novel describes how slave children were sold away from their mothers who were past child bearing. In this case, a mother, all of whose children had been sold away, was unwilling to part with her only remaining child; while the girl clung to her mother's dress, the new master whipped the mother, telling her to hold her cursed chatter (p.94). First published as The Slave: or, Memoirs of Archy Moore (Boston, 1836), but without illustrations; the London edition (1852) contains different illustrations (see copies located in the Library Company of Philadelphia).
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