In the Grip of Slavery: The Rise of a Slave Society Surrounding the Establishment of Stock Stands along the Buncombe Turnpike, 1790 to 1855

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Katherine Calhoun Cutshall (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
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Daniel Pierce

Abstract: Western North Carolina is often seen as a region where African-American slavery was uncommon, and non-essential to the economy. However, in Buncombe County, especially the communities along the Buncombe Turnpike, slavery was common and played an important role in the economy. Many of Buncombe’s most wealthy and prominent slave-owners ran “stock stands” or inns along the road. Over two generations, the elements of a slave society (including the consolidation of wealth, a new profitable commodity, and a strengthening of slave codes) manifested themselves in Buncombe and by 1855 the communities along the Buncombe Turnpike were in the grip of slavery

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Language: English
Date: 2016
Western North Carolina, slavery, Buncombe County

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