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10 Real Facts About Slavery That Hollywood Never Gets Right

12 Years A Slave

Rape was a common practice during slavery. The laws in the South embodied a race-based double standard where Black men accused of rape during the period were often punished with castration or death. However, white men could rape enslaved women without any punishment.

Cotton_REVVEnslaved Black women practiced self-abortion. They found medicine or herbs to terminate pregnancies. Chewing on cotton root was one of the popular methods to end a pregnancy without anyone finding out. It was also accessible because most women worked in cotton fields. By resisting reproduction, enslaved women took control over their bodies and their lives.

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