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Kentucky RisingDemocracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War$
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James A. Ramage

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134406

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.001.0001

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The Experience of Slavery

The Experience of Slavery

(p.236) 11 The Experience of Slavery
Kentucky Rising

James A. Ramage

Andrea S. Watkins

University Press of Kentucky

Kentucky laws about slavery include the right of owners to emancipate slaves in a will, for owners to be compensated for slaves executed for capital crimes, and the prohibition of sales of alcohol to slaves and free blacks. Slaves were prohibited from owning property, moving throughout the community without a pass, owning a firearm, and congregating. Kentucky law did not recognize slave marriages, and the children of a female slave were the property of her owner. Many Kentuckians owned slaves, but the average number owned was not high, and masters had a reputation of being more humane than in more southern states with large plantations. Slaves did not dominate the labor force and thus the percentage of slaves in the Kentucky population was relatively low. Slaves mostly worked at everyday duties to keep up the farm and, in addition, assisted in cultivating hemp.

Keywords:   slavery, hemp, south, labor, property, farm, master

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