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The Nature of Loudoun Slavery

Brenda E. Stevenson

in Life in Black and White

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195118032
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118032.003.0008
The Nature of Loudoun Slavery

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This chapter traces the origins of Loudoun's black slave community, from their roots within the remote regions of Africa to their journey via slave ships across the Potomac, ending in the vast plantations of the American South. After surviving the hardships of the journey, they were subjected to the strict demands of plantation life which demanded back-breaking labor and unquestioning obedience. Such conditions, coupled with the absolute power of their owners over the disposition of their lives, provided limited means of propagating their original culture or forming social connections, if at all. The price of each slave was dependent on gender, age, health, and skill-set although this also fluctuated with the economic cycles of the town. Depending on the master, some slaves were able to enjoy certain privileges, in terms of relative freedom or the right to work for one's self. However, their owners still barely recognized their humanity.

Keywords: Loudon; black; slave community; plantation; American South; master

Chapter.  19576 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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