Conditions for southern slaves varied depending on the masters wealth, the size of the plantation, and the crop.
In general, more slaves leads to stricter slave codes and harsher punishments.
*Punishment included whipping, mutilation, and sometimes murder.
*Masters were paid by the government for the loss of slave property.
Provided Always, and it is further enacted, That for every slave killed, in pursuance of this act, or put to death by law, the master or owner of such slave shall be paid by the public.