Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chain Gangs & Coal Mines: Alabama’s Laws on Domestic Violence Against Women - 1906

FULL TEXT: New York, Jan. 26. – A Decatur, Ala., dispatch to the World, says: With shackles on his ankles and with a pick in his hands, Robert Beachman, a well-to-do business man was forced to work on the streets at Decatur on Thursday with a gang of white and negro city convicts and with a boss standing over him. Before Mayor H. A. Skeggs in the police court, Mrs. Beachman testified that Beachman had knocked her down and threatened to kill her. Under Alabama laws a husband who assaults his wife is forced to work in a coal mine or in the city streets. Beachman was fined $25, and costs and sentenced to thirty days on the streets for assaulting her. Beachman tried unsuccessfully to appeal to the circuit court by filing a bond.

Beachman, who is fifty years old, came to Decatur, about 1890, from Rochester, N. Y., where he and his wife had lived for years. He owns valuable businesses and residence property in Decatur, most of which is in his wife’s name.

Beachman spent last [night] as a city convict in a dingy cell of the city jail along with other white and negro prisoners.

[“Chain Gang For Rich Wife Beater. – With Ankles Shackled and Carrying a Pick. – Prominent Decatur Business Man Forced to Work With Convicts for Assaulting His Wife.” St. John Daily Sun (New Brunswick, Canada), Jan. 27, 1906, p. 10]


• You have been told that before the rise of feminism in the 1960s that domestic violence against women was tolerated by society as acceptable behavior and was not taken seriously by police and the courts.

You have been lied to. The people who told you these lies were paid to tell them you. In most cases you paid your own money (taxes and tuition fees) to be lied to.

Here is one of countless pieces of evidence that demonstrate the truth.

• To see more eloquent, vivid evidence proving the lie and giving you the truth, see:

19th Century Intolerance Towards Domestic Violence

Treatment of Domestic Violence Against Women Before 1960this post collects cases classified by the form of punishment or sentencing (whether judicial or through community action)

No, the claim that laws created by males were for the benefit of males is false. Yes, the "Rule of Thumb" myth has been proven to be a marxist-feminist hoax, taking an ancient English common historical notation published in the 18th century and extrapolating it into unsupported claims that 18th and 20th century United States communities, courts and legislatures (laws on the books) were in agreement with the18th century historical notation (Blackstone).


“[O]nly since the 1970s has the criminal justice system begun to treat domestic violence as a serious crime, not as a private family matter.”

From the entry: “Domestic Violence” on

This claim has been proven to be false.


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