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US Slave: Slave Tortures: The Mask, Scold's Bridle, or Brank

US Slave: Slave Tortures: The Mask, Scold's Bridle, or Brank

European settlers and enslaved Africans introduced Malaria and other tropical diseases to the Americas. These tropical diseases thrived in the swampy region of the Lowcountry. While many slaves were more resistant, the white planters were not. Therefore, whites moved their homes away from the rice fields and vacated the lowcountry at least during the humid season. For the Lowcountry Gullah, this isolation allowed for the creation and preservation of their distinct African culture.

Gullah Culture Thrived in Desolate Conditions

American Civil War, five generations of a black family on Smith's plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, Timothy H. O' Sullivan photographer, 1862

American Civil War, five generations of a black family on Smith's plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, Timothy H. O' Sullivan photographer, 1862

A pair of former slaves, photographed after their escape. (Corbis)

Nat Turner’s Insurrection

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Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (1933) When asked why they had to receive several "back shots"(spinal taps), researchers repeatedly lied to the men, claiming theshots were ."therapeutic" when in fact the spinal taps gaveinsight to infection from the spinal canal into the brain.I think there is a book about it called: The immortal Life of Hennrietta Lack, she being one of the first.

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (1933) When asked why they had to receive several "back shots"(spinal taps), researchers repeatedly lied to the men, claiming theshots were ."therapeutic" when in fact the spinal taps gaveinsight to infection from the spinal canal into the brain.I think there is a book about it called: The immortal Life of Hennrietta Lack, she being one of the first.

No caption necessary....poster announcing arrival and sale of new slaves in America

No caption necessary....poster announcing arrival and sale of new slaves in America

Mask for the criminally insane. Time period unknown.

Mask for the criminally insane. Time period unknown.

John Richards, 12/07/1916, Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Notice his pants are down as he has been castrated.

John Richards, 12/07/1916, Goldsboro, North Carolina. Notice his pants are down as he has been castrated.

the dark face of slavery photos / Collar used by the white slave owners to control the enslaved blacks.jpg

the dark face of slavery photos / Collar used by the white slave owners to control the enslaved blacks.jpg

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