Slavery and American Agricultural History

@article{Wright2003SlaveryAA,
  title={Slavery and American Agricultural History},
  author={Gavin Wright},
  journal={Agricultural History},
  year={2003}
}
  • Gavin Wright
  • Published 1 October 2003
  • History
  • Agricultural History
This essay considers the role of slavery in American agricultural history by examining the impact of political decisions during the period when the boundary between free and slave states was not yet settled. This boundary was not dictated by geographic imperatives. In Kentucky, an early "beach-head" in the bluegrass district allowed slavery to become firmly entrenched, even in a state where the majority of farmers held no slaves. On the other hand, slavery was vigorously debated in all of the… 

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