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Slavery in Ante-Bellum Southern Industries presents a wealth of primary material on the issues surrounding industrial uses of slave labor. The materials selected include company records; business and personal correspondence of industrialists, their managers, financiers, and customers; documents pertaining to the purchase, hire, medical care, and provisioning of slave laborers; descriptions of actual production processes; journals recounting costs and income; and more. Collections contained in Series B include t he Hawkins family papers, 1740_1865, the Fisher family papers, 1758_1896; the Brevard and McDowell family papers, 1754_1924; the William G. Dickson papers, 1767_1860; and the Bryan and Leventhorpe family papers, 1798_1860. These collections and others document slavery in such enterprises as gold, silver, copper, and lead mining; iron foundries; and railroad building. Items include apprenticeship agreements, factory accounts, and reports on the conduct of slaves and their overseers. Locations prominent in Series B include Lincoln, Cleveland, Rowan, and Davidson counties in North Carolina; Montgomery County, Tennessee; and Shenandoah County, Virginia.

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