The Violence of Colonial Slave Codes

slaveryBaylor University history professor Thomas Kidd writes about the violent and cruel laws used in Anglo-British colonial America to control slaves’ behavior. The brief article is particularly interesting because he describes how in 1710 one evangelical Christian congregation’s response to a particularly brutal form of punishment was decidedly mixed. According to Kidd, Christians looking for condemnations of slavery in the Bible were disappointed by what little support for opposition they found there, but they did find support for the anti-slavery position based on the cruelty of the institution.

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4 responses to “The Violence of Colonial Slave Codes

  1. I just reserved “Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War” and “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” both by Drew Gilpin Faust. I’m looking forward to what Faust has to say, and I’ll let you know.

    • paulrhuard

      Please do. Both sound like intriguing titles. As always, I value your insights.

      • Well, I’m not making it through either book. Both are written very well, but there are just too many recitals supporting the same situation to make reading pleasurable. I have “Giants: the Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln” on order, so maybe that one will be better. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

      • paulrhuard

        Always good to hear from you. I have heard of “Giants” and it has a good reputation. Hopefully, it will be a better read.

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