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Life in Black and WhiteFamily and Community in the Slave South$
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Brenda E. Stevenson

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195118032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118032.001.0001

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The Nature of Loudoun Slavery

The Nature of Loudoun Slavery

(p.166) 6 The Nature of Loudoun Slavery
Life in Black and White

Brenda E. Stevenson

Oxford University Press

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

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