Friday, June 17, 2011

Slave Child



Today we wrap up our White Slavery week with this photograph of a recently emancipated white slave. The young lady is Fannie Virginia Casseopia Lawrence. She is 5 years old in the picture, and was redeemed in Virginia by Catharine S. Lawrence. She was baptized in Brooklyn at Plymouth Church by Henry Ward Beecher.

16 comments:

  1. This week's photo were somewhat depressing. I understood that we had slavery when our country was young. But the lengths and breaths that it went to, was beyond my imagination. I guess it takes a certain mentality to be able to cruelly abuse another human being like that. Yes, I know that not all "masters" were liked that, but it seems that the one that were, were able to dish out abuse very readily. To be able to whip someone fifty lashes for being 1/2 hour late is beyond cruel. I suppose in his mind he was teaching her to never be late again. So who got his coffee after she ran away?

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  2. I'm wondering "Who got his COFFEE" the next morning. If someone gave me that many lashes I'd not been able to get out of bed the next few days.

    Very pretty little girl.

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  3. WOW! it is hard to imagaine such cruelty to such beautiful wee ones. But again it is hard for me to imagaine such cruelty for anotehr human. I kow that slavery was apart of our history and still goes on today undersground. It sickens my ehart to think about it. Thank you for the wonderful history of the white slave trade of the young ones. I love coming here. I learn so much.
    Blessings

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  4. There's really no limit to how low a select segment of our society can go. Given the right circumstances a "modern civilized" society will find and employ those among us willing to do the worst to the designated political thorns-in-the-side or scapegoats. Without the benefit of a pre-existing system, Hitler's Germany managed to design, build and run the epitome of inhumanity. Though they had no prior training their facilities were staffed with those willing to do the job.
    Anyone willing to injure the defenseless (or those already rendered so) could qualify.

    John

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  5. Heartbreaking! I just finished reading the classic The Slave Narratives and unfortunately this was the norm for the slaves. If they were treated so good why did they risk their very life to run away? Could it be because they didn't have a life worth living? And yes Elsie, you and I would have not made good slaves. We would have died from the constant beatings. SHAME on the Slaveholders and their families!!

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  6. Thank you for remembering, Nate! Hope the next 50 are as fun as the last 50.
    PJM

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  7. and a very Happy Birthday from me, too.
    It's been another terrific year.
    doris

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  8. PJM, I didn't realize you were younger than me (by a few years).
    Happy Birthday kid!

    John

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  9. PJM: Welcome to the "Over the Hill" crowd. The ride is so much easier when it's down hill. Enjoy the breeze.

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  10. No matter how depressing the topic has given me much to think about. My grandson is a mulatto. It is not a term used today. I love him very much regardless of his father's genetics. My daughter's father has disowned her and not spoken to her for 4 years. This child brings light to my world. He is beautiful. May the world he grows up in accept him for his caring, loveing personality, and not judge him for his difference.

    Beth

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  11. Happy Birthday PJM!!

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  12. Beth,
    Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees is half black and half white. It doesn't seem to have done him any harm.

    John

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  13. PJM, Happy Birthday! You got me beat by 4 months. Just call me the youngin. 61 was a good year.
    Have a nice weekend all.

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  14. Happy Birthday
    May there be so many more for you.
    Great week of photos--sad but we must not forget. Such beautiful children!!

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