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Slave trader ledger p.31

Title: Slave trader ledger of William James Smith

Date Original: 1844-1854

Description: This

ledger meticulously details the prices paid and received for African-American

slaves, as well as the expenses incurred by Smith in undertaking this business

venture, such as feeding, clothing, sheltering, and nursing the people he had

purchased. The details of the book illustrate that Smith took several "trips"

between 1844 and 1854 to buy and sell slaves -- detailed records of purchases

and sales of "Negroes" exist for all of the years between 1844 and 1854. The

listing of expenses for the year of 1844 (the most complete account) indicate

that that year Smith traveled from the Piedmont to Charleston, then to Richmond,

Virginia and other towns and cities in central Virginia such as Charlottesville,

Madison, Orange, Gordonsville, and Fredericksburg. The expense records indicate

that Smith returned to the Piedmont via an overland route that passed through

Lincolnton, North Carolina (between Charlotte and Hickory). That year he undertook

business as far south as Hamburg, South Carolina (near Augusta, Georgia).

Creator: Smith, William James

Subject(s): Smith, William James


Slaves--United States--History--19th century--Sources.

Slave-trade--America--History--19th century.

Alternative Title:

Publisher: Wofford College


Date Digital: 2009-09

Type: Text

Format [medium]: Manuscript

Format [IMT]: image/jpeg

Digitization Specifications: 800ppi 24-bit depth color; Scanned with

an Epson 15000 Photo scanner with Epson Scan software; Archival master is a

TIFF; Original converted to JPEG with Irfan View software.

Resource Identifier:

Source: The original from which this digital representation

is taken is housed in Special Collections at Wofford College,

located in the Sandor Teszler Library.

Language:En-us English

Relation [is part of]:Special Collections

Rights Management: This digital representation has been

licensed under an Attribution

- Noncommercial- No Derivatives Creative Commons license.


Contributing Institution: Wofford College

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