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Both the motives and the outcome were not exactly in accordance with the Time on the Cross model Hammond was anxious to reclaim a large area of swamp for agricultural development but feared the effect of work in such an environment on the health of his slaves. He therefore hired a crew of Irish laborers to undertake the work, but discharged them within three months because of their drunkenness and generally unsatisfactory performance. James Oakes tells of a Virginia planter who hired Irish laborers for similar unhealthy work.

3 million in the ifteen slave states. The proportion of slave to white population varied greatly from area to area, with the heaviest concentrations in the Deep South. In South Carolina and Mississippi more than half the population were slaves, and in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia the slave population was more than two-fifths. 5 percent. 5 million white families (and a total white population of 8 million). 26 The Labor of the Slaves # 27 Fifty percent of slave owners owned no more than five slaves, and only 12 percent owned twenty or more.

Includes discussion of the importation of 5. Peter H. Wood, Block Majority: slaves into the North American mainland. Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from A useful modern treatment of the whole 1670 through the Stono Rebellion (New subject is James A. Rawkv, The Transat- York, 1974), 96. lantic Slave Trade: A History (New York, 6. , 326. The brief account in 1981). this chapter of the development of slavery 3. Winthrop D. Jordan, White over in South Carolina relies heavily on Block: American Attitudes Toward the Ne-Wood's authoritative study.

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