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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. The Virginia iron, coal, salt, and gold industries depended on slave labor from colonial times until after emancipation. Series C, Part 1 documents the daily working and living conditions of slaves and their families in these crucial enterprises. Many of the records included here are staples of recent scholarship. Reseachers will find the David Ross letterbook, 1812_1813, the Preston family papers of western Virginia and Kentucky, records of the firm of Talbott and Brother, an iron manufacturing firm in Richmond, papers of the Tompkins family of the Dover Collieries in Goochland County, and the William Weaver papers of the Buffalo Forge in Rockbridge County.

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