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5 Facts About Black Children During Slavery That You Did Not Know

Black Children Were Fed Like Pigs Babies were often taken care of by very young Black children or very old adults who weren’t able to work much. Because there were often many babies to be fed, they were fed out of troughs. “Children fed like pigs out of troughs and, being supplied sparingly, invariably fight..”

PNP249300 A cook feeding slave children on a Southern plantation, c.1860 (engraving); by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures; American, out of copyright

PNP249300 A cook feeding slave children on a Southern plantation, c.1860 (engraving); by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures; American, out of copyright

Black Children Were Fed Like Pigs

Babies were often taken care of by very young Black children or very old adults who weren’t able to work much. Because there were often many babies to be fed, they were fed out of troughs.

“Children fed like pigs out of troughs and, being supplied sparingly, invariably fight and quarrel with one another over their meals,” Francis Fredric recalled in documents in The National Archives. The food they were given often lacked protein and other things of nutritional value. The children’s bellies were often plump, which is a typical indicator of malnutrition.

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Even Children’s Games Were Oppressive

When enslaved children had time to play, they obviously were not given traditional toys and had to come up with their own games. A common game mentioned in numerous narratives is Hide the Switch. In this game, one child would hide a switch, a branch cut from a tree commonly used for whippings, and whoever found it would then chase the others in an attempt to whip them.

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Children Were Often Forced to Have Sex

The history of sexual abuse of women by the plantation owners is widely discussed, but what is rarely talked about is the sexual abuse of children in slavery. Because the more enslaved people an owner had, the wealthier he was, children were often forced to have sex in order to procreate.

“Child-bearing started around the age of thirteen, and by twenty the women slaves would be expected to have four or five children,” an article titled “Slave Breeding” reads, viaspartacuseducational.com “To encourage child-bearing some population owners promised women slaves their freedom after they had produced fifteen children.”

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Ages in Which Children Were Required to Work Varied

Children were required to begin working in the fields at different ages, depending on the plantation.

Forty-eight percent of interviewees in the Slave Narrative Collection recalled being put to work before the age of 7. Before puberty, the tasks given to children did not appear to be gender specific. Most children were required to take water to the fields, tend to the animals and care for younger children, among other duties, according to The National Archives.

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High Death Rates

Children who were born into slavery were exposed to many traumas, including poor diet, harsh living conditions and lack of medical care. This led to a high infant/child mortality rate due to natural causes at almost twice that of their white counterparts.

Read more: http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/11/28/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-black-children-during-slavery/

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  1. It’s often times hard to hear of child abuse cases when they involve little girls or women but when it involves little boys and grown men then it becomes downright intolerable. During slavery often times women weren’t good enough it didn’t start in the various prison systems around the world rather right on the plantation they were property. Now what continues to disgust me to this day is when child rights are spoke of and praised like it’s some sort of admiral occurrence that the continent of Africa has failed miserably at. That could even very well be the case at times but I’d rather reflect upon the problems “origins” we know that even to this day the young are still a premium choice of booty for perks and passes to perverts. All they’ve needed was “THE PERVERT PASS” come in flashing their temporary blingage “PERVERT PASS” and then all of a sudden the couple’s gender is irrelevant, experience with children or teenagers or young adults irrelevant regardless, a little unnesscary affection each night before they go to bed irrelevant and all the couple needs is “THE PERVERT PASS” and now they are ready to influence the young around them. “THE PERVERT PASS” has allowed many to get their hands on potential victims because those that should be giving much more careful thought to the true reason that young men, women, and children are being received with open arms may not be as innocent as it appears but those wanting the young understand this oh too well. So we can continue to look for them to boast on what they have always been good at offering much, much, more I am now talking “PERVERT PLATINUM RIGHTS” and there hoping it will dull your mind for awhile and help you to forget then as they grow they will return them to you with their new habits and all…Dontcha just love all those new crisp “NOTES” and how’s the new car, house, job,….. “THE PERVERT PASS” AKA “MONEY” COMING TO A LOCATION FOR YOUR CORRUPT LEADERS TO INDULGE IN NEAR YOU

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