Peter, a slave who has been whipped by his overseer, taken April 2, 1863. Photo credit unknown.

I saw some images of slavery and slave houses in the LIFE archives (hosted by Google) and I just couldn’t figure out how any person could have convinced themselves that treating another living being this way was the right thing to do. To whip somebody so much and so hard that their back is covered in welts that criss-cross every which way? That’s crazy!

Anyway, I believe this separate but similar photo is also of Peter, but with hair (presumably taken the same day).