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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

What did American slave owners do with slaves that were too old, too sick, or otherwise unable to work?

I also assume there were slaves born with different mental abilities who would not have been capable of working.  I have never heard of elderly, sick or disabled slaves being euthanized, but American slave owners are considered to be extremely evil people much like Nazis, so perhaps they did kill 'useless' slaves.  Does anyone know what would happen to a sick, disabled, elderly or mentally challenged slave?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    There was almost always some kind of work that slaves could do.  Slaves who were too elderly to work in the fields day in day out could do other types of labor, such as keeping house in the slave quarters, cooking, minding children, or less demanding forms of productive labor.  Masters didn't normally kill slaves deliberately, except in cases of alleged slave violence, so old people weren't killed off.  There were some instances where elderly slaves too infirm to work well were freed by masters, but this became basically impossible because states tightened their rules on emancipation (mostly to slow the growth of a free black population). 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Those who could not work because of illness or age were sometimes abandoned by their owners, expelled from plantations, and left to fend for themselves.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Your question is racist and you need to understand that your hateful bigotry and discrimination are not okay. 

  • 2 months ago

    They would be often shot, a slave that cannot work is no good to an owner who would have to feed them etc.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Freed. Then they were no longer a financial burden.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It's unfortunate but if the infant survived being born slow or mentally  disabled  to childhood and adult hood in those days they surely would have been worked as much or more than those without to prove they could do enough to be useful and the parents and family of those slaves would take care of them and those most sympathetic would do work to make it seem like this individual was working enough for master to feel his purchase was worthwhile . They were viewed like machines if they broke down couldn't work they didn't last long the elderly if they worked hard they whole life might get a break from the whip and the other slaves expected to pick up the slack it depended on the slave masters humanity on all matters , So were even offered better beds and even housing that would be cabin like with dirt floors others likely slept near a fire with blankets or lean too sheds during the nights. Slaves only knew one thing hard work and don't piss off master!  Slave owners by todays standards were evil but you can't judge them by are current time . Would you ridicule your grandparents for not knowing how to operate a computer or scold them for spanking your parents likely not because it was common place and what was normal at that time. Rest assured they will be judged and god doesn't view any life any less than any other . Hope this helps Godbless.

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