“Barbarous and Fiendish Atrocities”: Debating Slave Torture in Nineteenth-Century America

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With mounting certainty after 1820, opponents of American slavery asserted that torture was innate to slavery. This contention acquired particular resonance at a time when other forms of violent coercion were under scrutiny in the United States. Associating torture with slavery was essential to the delegitimization of the institution as well as the articulation of nascent notions of human rights in the United States.


1800-1865 Human Rights

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