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Re: Slave migration to the West
In Response To: Slave migration to the West ()

I am not aware of any specific book offhand but you may want to consider reading some of the WPA Slave Narratives. Many former enslaved individuals talk about migrating with the slave holding family from the "old south" to the "new south" and "southwest." These will provide you with first hand experience of the conditions.

Based on what you wrote, the travel was probably overland with horse drawn carriages with most of white family members riding in the them as well as a few enslaved individuals most like the elderly or sick. The rest of the enslaved individuals walked with a carriage in front and behind them. There may also have been a couple of white and enslaved men who rode on horse back to ensure that none of the other enslaved individual attempted to runaway. Enslaved individuals that were rebellious were most likely sold prior to the trip.

The chaining of enslaved individuals during westward or long migration was something that was typical of slave traders and not necessarily farmers or plantation owners.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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