Rules and Punishments for Slaves
Haley Fairman 7th period
Rules of Slaves
2nd. In case of the resistance of any slave, every other one present will be reqired to assist in arresting him, and should any slave refuse when ordered to arrest another, he shall be punished just the same as if he himself had resisted.
3rd. No slave will be allowed to use ardent spirits, or to purchase or bring any upon the plantation, or to keep any about his person or house, and any one infracting this rule (a rule deemed essential to the preservation of the health and morals of the slaves, as well as of the order and good government of the plantation) shall be severely punished.
4th. Stealing, lying, adultery, fornication, profane language, fighting and quarreling, are all prohibited by the laws of God and man, and must be invariably punished according to the nature and degree of the offence.
5th. No slave will leave the plantation without a written pass from the manager.
6th. No slave shall sell anything without a written permission from the manager, specifying the article or articles to be sold.
7th. No slave not belonging to the estate will be allowed to visit the premises without having in his possession a written pass from his master or manager.
8th. No slave will marry another off (or not belonging to) the estate, without the consent of the proprietor. As such connections lay the parties at all times liable to separation, besides being attended with other evils and inconveniences, they will be but rarely allowed to take place. No slave shall, under any circumstances, marry a free slave or free men. Men having wives off the plantation will be allowed to visit them once a fortnight by getting passes from the manager.
During slavery, white male plantation owners, their sons, brothers and other male acquaintances raped Black women without fear of punishment. Their reasons ranged from lascivious desire to acts of punishment. Black men were also sexually abused by slaveholders, and, sometimes, their wives. Others where whiped or sometimes torture devices where put around their arms, wrists, necks, or feet.