Why were slave families broken up when doing so increased the likelihood of runaways? A key piece of this long-standing puzzle is that most break-ups occurred as the result of government-generated slave sales (e.g., probate and bankruptcy-related sales at public auctions), whereas purely private exchanges, including commercial auctions, tended to maintain family units.
|Other Independent Review articles by Mark Thornton|
|Spring 2014||Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America|
|Spring 2013||American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership|
|Summer 2010||Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation|
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