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"'Profits of Farming' -- Facts and Figures" from the SOUTHERN CULTIVATOR
1858
Cited in Wilma King. STOLEN CHILDHOOD: SLAVE YOUTH IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA. (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1995).
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Document Description
In this excerpt from "'Profits of Farming' -- Facts and Figures" a slave owner explains how his investment in an unproductive female field hand paid off when she became the mother of three boys. He not only profits from the work the boys do in the field, but also anticipates that he will be able to sell them at a great price.

Transcript
I own a woman who cost me $400 when a girl, in 1827. Admit she made me nothing -- only worth her victuals and clothing. She now has three children, worth over $3000 and have been field hands say three years; in that time making enough to pay their expenses before they were half hands, and then I have the profit of all half hands. She has only three boys and a girl out of a dozen; yet, with all her bad management, she has paid me ten per cent. interest, for their work was to be an average good, and I would not this night touch $700 for her. Her oldest boy is worth $1250 cash, and I can get it.
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