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[HISTORY] The Baltimore to New Orleans Domestic Slave Trade *LINK* *PIC*

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Title: Cash For Blood: The Baltimore to New Orleans Domestic Slave Trade
Author: Ralph Clayton
Publisher: Heritage Books
ISBN: 0788422359

The demand for slave labor increased dramatically in the first decade of the 19th century due to the invention of the cotton gin and the consequent expansion of cotton plantations in the South. In 1808 it became illegal to import slaves from Africa, however Maryland and Virginia were experiencing a “superabundance” of slaves at this time and slave owners were faced with the options of renting, freeing, or selling their excess labor. Freed slaves gravitated to large cities, and by 1810, Baltimore, MD, had the largest free African American population anywhere in the US. For more go to:

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