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Weapons and Torture Devices Used on Slaves

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Matt Randolph

on 20 February 2014

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Transcript of Weapons and Torture Devices Used on Slaves

Iron muzzle
(The Helmet)
Used to prevent
-use of tongue
- used on slaves that talked
too much or yelled as a
-original use was only for
woman to publicly
shamed them in Scotland
-Wearers could only breath
The Whip
Commonly used throughout history
-not only used for on slaves
-easy to carry
-for punishment
Neck chain and leg fetters
Both of these were used mainly to prevent the slave from escaping

"Punishments of Slavery." ThinkQuest. Oracle Foundation, Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/01071/punishments.htm>.
Neck chain- This usually would have a chain attached so that the slave could not fun off. It is also very large and uncomfortable because of its weight and how tight it can be
-Used mostly to restrain slaves by linking them together
- Woman's collars were used mainly to identify that why were a slave and who they belonged to and could not be removed
-Men's collars were often just bands of steel that can not be removed
• Refers to an island in which slaves came from
• Resists any movement by strangling the slave if an action is made
Used for slave transport in groups

• Ankle or wrist chain that would keep the slaves from escaping
• Used most during the transportation of slaves and for restraining slaves to a space
- used on salve trade boats crossing the Atlantic
- used for on all ages of slaves(children included)
- often times, if a slave was prone to running away, the owner would cut their Achilles heel
Leg Fetters are still used in prisons
today to stop a person from running
- used on all ages
- between is shortened to prevent running

Torture devices and Weapons Used on Slaves
"Image Information." Image Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. <http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/details.php?categorynum=5&theRecord=52>.
PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1h308.html>.

"The back of the neck was thrust into the fork, and the two prongs were joined by a bar of iron under the chin, while a slaver walked behind, holding the shaft of the stick, ready to wring the poor slave's neck at the first sign of escape. Worn out with pain, misery, and fatigue, the hapless slaves limped and staggered beneath their loads."
Mostly used for punishment along middle to older age slaves (woman or men
- certain whips can kill a person
"These places of deposit are strongly built and well supplied with iron thumb-screws and gags, and ornamented with cowskins and whips, often bloody"
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