As per Frederick Douglass, "It would astonish one, unaccustomed to a slaveholding life, to see with what wonderful ease a slaveholder can find things, of which to make occasion to whip a slave." (87) He goes on to list some reasons a slave might be whipped for, "A mere look, word, or motion,--mistakes, accident, or want of power?Does he forget to pull off his hat at the approach of a white person? Then he is wanting in reverence, and should be whipped for it...
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One slave who received this treatment often was Douglass's Aunt Hester. Her offence was seeing a man when her master warned against it. Douglass alludes to Anthony's motives for the treatment of Hester. Anthony seemed to be jealous for Aunt Hester "was a woman of noble form?having very few equals, and fewer superiors, in personal appearance, among the colored or white women of the neighborhood...