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Re: Slave Breeding
In Response To: Re: Slave Breeding ()
Terrance, Art, David, Lynda,
I wasn't going to say anything else until I finished reading the book.
I contacted the author of the book and learned, in summary, but not verbatim, that there are specific data establishing that many plantations in slave states in the mid-Atlantic were primarily focused on breeding and exporting bred slaves to the south and west. Virginia was the most active in establishing the legal and socio-economic structure to facilitate breeding. Jefferson was a major proponent of breeding and wrote about it often. The years following the 1808 Congressional Act outlawing participation in the international slave trade are considered by many historians of the topic as the height of the slave breeding era.
I found the following by Gerald Norde:
Apparently a candidate for a doctorate submitted a dissertation on slave breeding.