How much money did each slave produce?

Slaves did many kinds of work, from cooking and cleaning, to running businesses, to field work, to overseeing other slaves. By the height of the slave years before the Civil War, most slaves were employed as field hands on Southern plantations.

Plantation owners gained, after expenses, the money each field hand earned. In two or three years such a field hand earned more than he or she cost to buy.


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