Slavery as an economic institution

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Slavery as an economic institution.  A small percentage of slaves were domestic servants, working in a planter's main house  as cooks, nursemaids, seamstresses, and coachmen. An even smaller percentage  worked as laborers or craftsmen—carpenters, masons, and blacksmiths. It was not  unheard of for “spare” slaves to become mill or factory workers, and skilled artisans  might be hired out to other plantations by their masters. But the overwhelming majority  of slaves were field hands, picking cotton and planting and harvesting rice, tobacco, and  sugar cane. The occupational distribution of slaves reflected the nature of the economy  and society of the South, a region that was agricultural and rural with very little  industrialization and urbanization compared to the North.  Irrespective of the jobs that slaves did, slavery on the whole was profitable. The 
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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