Slaves often had Sundays off. Turner a half century later. Margo, Robert, and Richard Steckel. Domestic servants dominated, but there were carpenters, fishermen, coopers, draymen, sailors, masons, bricklayers, blacksmiths, bakers, tailors, peddlers, painters, and porters.
September was a busy time of year for plantation owners: the opportunity cost of their time was relatively high. Scarce factors of production command economic rent, and labor was by far the scarcest available input in America.
Profit Estimates Slavery never generated superprofits, because people always had the option of putting their money elsewhere.
Upward of ten percent of the enslaved African population in the United States lived in cities. Abolitionist Movement In the North, the increased repression of southern blacks only fanned the flames of the growing abolitionist movement. User Permissions For information on user permissions, please read our Terms of Service.
A sold slave who later manifested an incurable disease or vice — such as a tendency to escape frequently — could generate a lawsuit that entitled the purchaser to nullify the sale.