Even the clothes they wore were torture!
Brooks Brothers you know the high end suit retailer, yea they got their start selling slave clothing to various slave traders.
Historians say that slavery was so central to the economy in the early days of America that almost every business benefited from it. “The entire economy of this country was based on slavery, North as well as South,” said Eric Foner, a professor of history at Columbia University. “New York had a stranglehold on the cotton trade, which made up half the total value of U.S. exports in 1850. Brooks Brothers supplied a lot of clothing to plantation owners. Merchants, manufacturers, everyone felt the economic ripples.”
Mr. Weld has shown by abundant and unimpeachable testimony, that “the clothing of slaves by day, and their covering by night, is not adequate either for comfort or decency.” (p. 40, &c.)
Virginia: Hon. T. T. Bouldin, a slaveholder, in a speech in Congress, Feb. 16, 1835, said: “He knew that many negroes had died from exposure to weather,” and added, “They are clad in a flimsy fabric that will turn neither wind nor water.”
Maryland: “The slaves, naked and starved, often fall victims to the inclemencies of the weather.” (Geo. Buchanan, M. D., of Baltimore, 1791.)
Georgia, &c.: “We rode through many rice swamps, where the blacks were very numerous”—“working up to the middle in water, men and women nearly naked.” (Wm. Savery, of Philadelphia, Minister Friends’ Soc., 1791.)
Tennessee, &c.: “In every slaveholding State many slaves suffer extremely, both while they labor and when they sleep, for want of clothing to keep them warm.” (Rev. John Rankin.)
Frederick Douglass mentions in his memoirs that as a slave child, he didn’t even have anything to wear until about seven and even then, I think he said it was just a big shirt.