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riptor riptor
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8 years ago
If slaves were valuable pieces of property, why did the masters not take better care of them so they would live longer?
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Out of Many: A History of the American People

Out of Many: A History of the American People


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2 months ago
The idea that enslaved people were valuable pieces of property is a common misconception. While it is true that enslaved people were often bought and sold for large sums of money, they were also subject to the same economic pressures as any other form of property. Enslaved people were often forced to work long hours in harsh conditions, which took a toll on their health and well-being. They were also subject to physical and sexual abuse, which further contributed to their poor health.

Moreover, the institution of slavery was based on the idea that enslaved people were inferior and subhuman. This belief was used to justify the brutal treatment of enslaved people and the denial of their basic rights and freedoms. In this context, it is not surprising that many slave owners did not take better care of their slaves, as they did not view them as fully human.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
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