The Slaves Were Happy! The Stockholm Syndrome?
Your comparison of slaves to battered wives and your contrast between them and dairy cattle are right on. In wildlife, they’re called “imprints,” because captured animals become dependent upon their captors; their captors take away their independence and program them to be dependent for everything. Similarly, in humans they call it the Stockholm Syndrome:
Re dairy cattle: Slaves were nothing more than the physical property of their masters — no different than cattle, hence the term “chattel slavery.” White men bought and sold black human beings to hold in bondage just as they purchased steers and cows to keep in pasture.
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