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AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum

Re: Slave Breeding
In Response To: Re: Slave Breeding ()

David wrote:
The allegation of "Slave breeding" is an inflammatory topic that many people want to believe. Nevertheless, while earlier generations of historians might have discounted the idea for ideological reasons, the revisionists since the 1960s have been looking for this kind of thing (also for ideological reasons!), but the evidence just does not appear to be there. If there was real evidence out there of breeding farms, in the strict sense, some student would have earned a doctorate and a professorship from that topic by now!
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I say that is quite an inflammatory statement.

Slave breeding is an allegation for if it weren't some academic would have earned a doctorate and a professorship from that topic by now. Give me a break.

And as regards "paper profits"...aren't most, if not all, assets real and chattel, paper profits unless sold by their owners?

As you stated .."cotton was only one of two cash products raised on antebellum farms and plantations". If so, I believe cotton needed attention in it's role as a product and also that the replenishment of slaves needed attention by means other than just "natural increase", before and after the importation act of 1807-1808.

Slave reproduction was freely talked about but not practiced. And what does in a "strict sense" mean?

This last comment really confused me.

Is there evidence that Eppinger deliberately or forcibly bred slaves? No. Did he regard breeding ("natural increase") as a necessary part of his wealth strategy? Most definitely.

Evidence....breeding/natural increase...wealth strategy. Guess you're saying Mr. Eppinger didn't inhale. :)

Slave Breeding......it happened.....just my opinion,

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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