S lavery. The peculiar Institution. chattel slavery (outright ownership of a human being, and of his/her descendants.
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The peculiar Institution
As a rule, skilled slaves were sold at higher prices. Moreover, young female slaves sold for the highest dollar amounts since they were potential "breeders" for their owner. In the late 1850s, male slaves were sold for approximately $1,300-$1,500, while females sold for as high as $1,800. In today’s dollars that would be around $40,000.
Now, I speak what I know, when I say it is like ‘casting pearls before swine' to try to persuade a negro to work. He must be made to work, and should always be given to understand that if he fails to perform his duty he will be punished for it.