The Culture of Slavery in Walter Johnson's Book, Soul by Soul

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Central to this culture was the fundamental reality that the slave person was a commodity to be bought and sold as the market demanded. Describe the effects of the practice of slave trading on the actors involved. How did the domestic slave trade help create the identities of slave, the slaveholder and the slave trader? How did the activities of the slave pen help “make” race (both white and black) in the antebellum period?

Slave persons as a cultural and fundamental commodity being bought and sold in

the marketplace. Walter Johnson describes slaves, slaveholders and slave traders in the

book Soul by Soul, providing insight into what made race relations during the

antebellum period for both white and black people. The book’s descriptions took place in

the lower south during the rise of King Cotton and the sugar plantations, including the

slave pens of New Orleans and the selling and buying of slaves that had been put up for

slave from the Chesapeake and Carolina regions.

Slaves were used as a commodity throughout the entire south from the

seventeenth century to the nineteenth century to increase the economic advantages of the

farmers and merchants with no regard to the families and relationships they were

involved in or attached to. A vast number of the slaves had been born in the United

States or traded…
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