5 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Children During Slavery

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Children Were Often Forced to Have Sex

The history of sexual abuse of women by the plantation owners is widely discussed, but what is rarely talked about is the sexual abuse of children in slavery. Because the more enslaved people an owner had, the wealthier he was, children were often forced to have sex in order to procreate.

“Child-bearing started around the age of thirteen, and by twenty the women slaves would be expected to have four or five children,” an article titled “Slave Breeding” reads, via spartacuseducational.com “To encourage child-bearing some population owners promised women slaves their freedom after they had produced fifteen children.”

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