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Black Slave Owners

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in social sciences, sociology


Black Slave Owners in the South

As with the accounts by Nichols (1863 , when people think of the slavery period in American history , it is normally assumed that the slave owner was white and the slave black . This was true in many cases but the number of free black slave owners was actually higher than most people realize . Black slave owner usually treated family members and friends much better than the other slaves they might own . But even being a family member did not raise the slave [banner_entry_middle]

above being a commodity According to Lightner and Ragan (2005 , even the black slave owners could not free their slaves so even the ones who purchased family members had to list them as slave purchase . For example , a husband who was born or had managed to become free might buy his wife from the white person who owned her . The husband would thereafter possess his spouse as a slave , not because he wished to keep her in bondage but because the laws of the slave states often made manumission difficult or impossible Slaves were an investment to their owners and this included the owners who were black themselves . Slavery was inhuman and oppressive but only when it affected a loved one , otherwise , it was a profitable endeavor

According to the 1830 census , roughly 65 of black slave owners bought the slaves for financial reasons with only 8 buying strictly family members and close friends to ensure good treatment and better lives . The 1830 census also named the number of slaves owned by blacks as 10 ,000 in 4 different states

In 1811 , a free black woman named Philis Wells received a 900 loan from Peter Desportes , She got the loan by using her black slave , Mark as collateral . This was not an uncommon practice . Many black slave owners put up slaves against loans they requested

Mulattos were considered the black elite ‘ because of their light complexion and meshed with the whites as much as possible . Treating a slave as anything but a slave would mark you as unworthy to mix with the whites or to enjoy the finer privileges society offered

According to Koger (1985 )many other free blacks purchased slaves to use as apprentices for their trade . Moses Brown purchased a young boy for around 300 . Moses was a barber by trade and trained the boy to following his footsteps . By the next year , the boy was working as a full barber in Moses shop

Camilla Johnson was a free black pastry cook . She purchased a mulatto name Diana and with Diana ‘s light coloring , was able to use her as a server at the parties she catered . Freed blacks quickly found that purchasing slaves to train meant an increase in the profits of the business

As Johnson and Roark (1985 ) explain .while the mulattos could mix more easily with white society without many questions , darker skinned free blacks had a harder time . Richard Edward DeReef… [banner_entry_footer]


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