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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

Now, I will tell you about the whipping my Uncle Dollar Bill remembered best

Posted August 26, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

Uncle Dollar Bill was tall, congenial, quiet, and weighed his words and told me about the whipping he remembered best.

After Granddaddy whipped him, he was angry. To prove it, he went in the house, took one of Grand Mama’s kitchen butcher knives and cut off the cat's tail. The cat ran through the house dripping blood and bloodied the floor. As soon as the news got to Granddaddy, he said, "Come here, Boy. That whipping just made you angry. Now, I'm going to whip you. Take your britches down and lean over.” He did. With strong arm and hand, Granddaddy whipped his butt, over his underwear, and Uncle Dollar Bill never again reacted to whippings.

Anger about getting a whipping was not acceptable in my Shaw family household and should not be tolerated in 2016 family households. Children, who think they are too grown for whippings, should have their own apartment, condo, or house.

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