A former slave during the antebellum era, Lewis Clarke, said, “How would you like to see your sisters, and your wives, and your daughter, completely, teetotally, and altogether, in the power of the master. – You can picture to yourselves a little, how you would feel; but oh, if I could tell you!” Blacks during the time of slavery saw the many different experiences women had to go through, from “breeding” slaves to working in the fields (Woman and the Family in a slave society, Catherine Clinton, pg.13).
Many of times, masters would send for the younger female slaves around the ages of 13 and older. At this time he would then rape her. This was not uncommon to happen. Madison Jefferson, another emancipated slave, said, ”Women who refused to submit to the brutal desires of their owners, are repeatedly whipt to subdue their virtuous repugnance, and in most instances this hellish practice is but too successful - when it fails, the women are frequently sold off to the so...