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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, General Research and Reference Division

Edward King, The Great South (Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Co., 1874)

Sales in Rural Areas

The vast majority of enslaved people were not sold in large markets but directly to scattered rural communities. Coffles were brought to individual planters, and people were sold privately. With little time to rest from the hardship of the journey, they were sent to work in the fields.

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