Slave Trade and Sentiment in Antebellum Virginia

Phillip Davis Troutman
The slave market lay at the crossroads of antebellum southern thought and practice. It exposed the contradictory impulses arising from market-crop production, patriarchal labor relations, sentimental notions of family, and the designation of enslaved African-Americans as moveable property. Dislocating hundreds of thousands and breaking countless family bonds, it intersected two key trends of modernization in antebellum American history: mass migration and domestic sentimentality. The domestic slave market comprised the geographic network across which traders and...
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