The experience of slavery for black men and women was similar in regard to the abuse and lack of rights they endured, but there are several unique differences between how each sex was treated.
The most obvious difference comes from the fact that women are the ones who bear children. Because of this, women often suffered forced copulation with male slaves in order to produce children they might not be able to keep. This practice allowed slave owners to increase their number of slaves without purchasing additional people. In some cases, slave owners did not keep the children permanently but instead used them as a means of revenue by auctioning them once they were old enough.
Since marriages between slave women and men were not legally recognized, any...
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