Cash for Blood: The Baltimore to New Orleans Domestic Slave Trade

Ralph Clayton


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The demand for slave labor increased dramatically in the first decade of the 19th century due to the invention of the cotton gin and the consequent expansion of cotton plantations in the South. In 1808 it became illegal to import slaves from Africa, however Maryland and Virginia were experiencing a “superabundance” of slaves at this time and slave owners were faced with the options of renting, freeing, or selling their excess labor. Freed slaves gravitated to large cities, and by 1810, Baltimore, MD, had the largest free African American population anywhere in the US. Baltimore was also a major center for the sale of slaves between 1800-1860. “Thousands of families and individuals were shipped from the city on their ‘final passage’ and almost certain separation in the South. The market was vast, the players plentiful, and the victims plenteous. This is their story.”

ISBN 9780788422355
List price $48.50
Publisher Heritage Books
Year of publication 2002