Treadmill


This file appears in: Charleston Work House and "Sugar House"
Treadmill

This is a depiction of a nineteenth-century treadmill in use. As prisoners climbed the “everlasting staircase,” guards would monitor their performance and would whip those who were perceived to be slacking. While considered to be a moral alternative to prevailing prison practices at the time, today we understand such an instrument of corporal punishment to be little more than torture. Courtesy of the Encyclopedia Britannica.


This file appears in: Charleston Work House and "Sugar House"