Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - History - 429 pages
A study of African-American workers empowered and partly liberated by their skills.

At Buffalo Forge, an extensive ironmaking and farming enterprise in Virginia before the Civil War, a unique treasury of materials yields an "engrossing, often surprising record of everyday life on an estate in the antebellum South" (Kirkus Reviews).
 

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Dew (American Studies/Williams) uses the meticulously kept records of Virginia slaveholders to create an engrossing, often surprising record of everyday life on an estate in the antebellum South ... Read full review

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Dew (history, Williams Coll.) reveals fascinating details of an unusual master-slave relationship. Buffalo Forge, near Lexington, Virginia, was a thriving enterprise from 1812 to the Civil War. Owners ... Read full review

Contents

Buffalo Forge 1858
3
William Weaver Pennsylvanian
15
Debt and Disappointment
29
Dissolution and Division
46
Bath Iron Works
63
Jordan Davis Company
83
The Master of Buffalo Forge
98
William Weaver Virginian
122
Henry Towles
187
Harry Hunt Jr
198
Henry Matthews
204
The Late Antebellum Years
241
The Eve of War
264
War
287
Death
312
Peace and Freedom
338

Etna Furnace
139
Sam Williams
171
Epilogue
365
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About the author (1995)

Charles B. Dew is Class of 1956 Professor of American Studies at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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