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Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century CubaA Documentary History$
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Gloria Garcia Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832189

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877678_garcia_rodriguez

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. The Master's Violent Hand

. The Master's Violent Hand

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(p.145) 7. The Master's Violent Hand
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Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century Cuba
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Gloria García Rodríguez

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877678_garcia_rodriguez.12

This chapter tells the story of a local commissary who intervened in a case of brutality. Maria Ignacia Ayala registered a complaint with the local commissary of Ursulinas that in the local grocery next door to her house, a black man was being brutally beaten—the beating being administered in an outrageous, absolutely intolerable, merciless manner. Upon inspection, the commissary found the report to be true, and he found the slave's feet and hands tied to a ladder, where his master, Jose Mediavilla, had beaten his buttocks with a manatee leather whip. The commissary ordered that he be examined by physicians and had the black man admitted to a ward in the hospital of San Juan de Dios.

Keywords:   local commissary, brutality, Maria Ignacia Ayala, Ursulinas, black man, slave

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