The wealth and power of Southern plantation owners depended upon a large labor force of enslaved people. They justified their actions by considering enslaved people to be mere pieces of property. This bullwhip was originally intended for cattle or stock, but also attests to the brutal treatment of enslaved African Americans.


  • Title: Bullwhip, circa 1860
  • Date Created: 1855/1865
  • Location: United States
  • Subject Keywords: Whips, Slaves (People), Slavery
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=344609
  • Object Name: Whip
  • Object ID: 2005.16.63
  • Image ID: THF13423
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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