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The Making of The Black Witch" Powerless against a lustful husband and blind to the harsh realities of chattel slavery, the enraged wife often vented her jealous rage upon the one person whom she could control, the black woman." English law governed the "American" English colonists. The Virginia Colony was an English franchise. The English colonies adopted most of the components of English Law which included statutory rape provisions. The colonists were also governed by a militaristic code of "Lawes, Divine, Morall and Martiall, based on the Bible. These moralistic laws did not prevent the exploitation of female servants by male masters. Male and female Africans were brought by ship to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. Colonial laws regarding statutory rape were not applied to Blacks and Indians. Indians and Blacks, as well as their children, were prohibited by law from defending themselves against abuse, sexual and otherwise, at the hands of Whites. A slave who defended herself against the attack of a White person was subject to cruel beatings by either the master or mistress.
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