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Slavery boon and bane of the Antebellum South

Page entitled : Slave migrations to the Lower South

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How cotton plantations in the Lower South motivated unprecedented slave migrations and created a new form of domestic slave trade.

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  Average slave prices increased fivefold between 1810 and 1860, when an adult male worker in good health would typically cost $1500 and more. At these prices impoverished planters, who were more than occasionally hard pressed by their creditors, had more than a slight incentive to part with their surplus slaves. This situation was also likely responsible for an increased birth rate among slaves, which was recorded in the census. It prompted the most virulent abolitionists in the North to denounce the Southern plantations as slave breeding farms

 

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