After 1808 no new slaves could be imported I’m a Flip Flops and Fishing Kinda Girl shirt into the US. There was smuggling of slaves from the Caribbean but by and large, no new slaves were brought in from Africa. This means that overnight, the value of slaves skyrocketed. Labor intensive agricultural operations like tobacco and sugar-growing needed slaves. Even cotton, with the invention of the cotton gin, saw an increase in the planting of cotton acres. Picking cotton was still labor intensive. So slaves were extremely valuable. Knowing US entrepreneurship, I am sure that there were slave breeding farms even though some would like to dispute the facts. Slave Narratives also support the existence of slave breeding operations on many plantations.
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What remains in dispute is just how much of it was I’m a Flip Flops and Fishing Kinda Girl shirtforced or coerced and how much of it was voluntary. Again, here the Slave Narratives contradict one another. Some state that mothers died and killed in order to prevent their children from being born slaves, others state that slave breeding did take place between chosen females and males, known as “stockmen” and the modern equivalent of “black bulls.” The selected pairs were chosen for the preferred characteristics. There was also the input of sexual matings between white owners, their sons, overseers, and other white males with the female black slaves. One only has to look closely at photos of slaves during that period to see mixed-race children grouped in with the black slave children. The two pictures below are vintage and modern picture of the ethnic Akan people from the Ghana and Gold Coast region of West Central Africa from where most slaves were said to have been taken.