Negroes Wanted! Want Ads for Slaves in the Last Years of Slavery and Reports of Sales

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It's very interesting what you've been able to do - appreciate that! Slaves and land went hand in hand, so the price of land for cotton in particular was tied to the price of the slaves available to work it. When one begins to investigate the land-cotton-slave circle the planters were in, one sees why people who were opposed to secession were willing to fight about it when their state went out - Davis with Mississippi, Forrest with Tennessee, Hampton with SC and so on. Sometimes you wonder who was really the slave!
Part of the reason is that both land and slaves were considered parts of an estate and were often sold after their owner died...
 
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Part of the reason is that both land and slaves were considered parts of an estate and were often sold after their owner died...
Yes, and that would also include the wedding dowries consisting of slaves. Get a start on your own plantation with a few hands on hand. Poorer farmers would be looking to get a slave or two as that helped get a loan for land...and you're off on the merry go round.
 
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It has been said that fish don't note or are even aware of the water around them.

Until it's gone.

Being raised and living one's life in an environment of slavery must be pretty much the same thing.

One would hardly notice such, until it was gone, or challenged.
It was in your face so you did not see it. Or at least you pretended not to.
 

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It has been said that fish don't note or are even aware of the water around them.

Until it's gone.

Being raised and living one's life in an environment of slavery must be pretty much the same thing.

One would hardly notice such, until it was gone, or challenged.
Very true. Have to remember that slavery has been a global cultural institution for much more time than it has been abolished. 2630 BCE when the oldest existing Egyptian pyramid was build by what was confirmed to be slave labor, until last century (1948) is a good 4580 years, compared to 70.
 
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This is so depressing. A woman with a 9 month old baby, and the buyer has the option of not taking the child. :-(
How potential buyers can visit the clean showrooms and see the "stock."
I do have a question about a term that keeps showing up in the ads: what is meant by "likely"?
 

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I saw a lot of ads for slave sales in Tennessee.

Clarksville chronicle
Friday, Feb 24, 1860
Clarksville, TN
Vol: 11
Page: 3

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Date: April 20, 1860
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee
Newspaper: Clarksville chronicle

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Daily Nashville patriot
Thursday, Apr 05, 1860
Nashville, TN
Vol: 22
Page: 3


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Here is one of my favorites. Because its Alabama railroad related. 600 is a lot for 1864, the bottom left hand date is Dec 24 so that would have been a good time for them to be hired out to the RR as it was after harvest season.
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Here are some from the month immediately preceding the outbreak of the war:

Commercial Appeal
Tuesday, Feb 05, 1861
Memphis, TN
Vol: 12
Page: 4

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Daily Constitutionalist
Sunday, Feb 24, 1861
Augusta, GA
Vol: 16
Issue: 47
Page: 3

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Easton Gazette
Saturday, Jan 12, 1861
Easton, MD
Vol: XLIV
Issue: 1
Page: 3

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With 50 slaves on hand, I wonder how long most of them stayed in the slave jail.
I believe he had a pretty high turnover. Forrest and his brothers spent a lot of time in Kentucky buying slaves cheap, then selling them in the delta for high dollars.
 

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