Books: Slave & Slaveholder

WILLIAM JOHNSON'S NATCHEZ (812 pp.)—Louisiana State University ($10).

In ante-bellum Natchez there was a law against selling liquor to Negroes, but in spite of it the slave Steven was always getting drunk. When he drank, he tried to escape. When he was caught, he was flogged. On Aug. 10, 1840, his master's diary shows that he was beaten twice: "After he had been Brot home, [I] Hand Cuffed him and Floged Him. In the first place I Knocked him Down at the Building—he then ran away, but was soon Brought Back again . . . I gave Him Late in the afternoon...

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