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History Vault

Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantation Records, Part 4

 

Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantation Records, Part 4

This module, the fourth installment of Plantation Records in History Vault, focuses on plantations in North Carolina and Virginia while also covering Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Major series of records in this module document tobacco and cotton plantations in the Tidewater, Coastal Plains, and Piedmont regions of North Carolina. Throughout these collections, the lives of enslaved people and the work performed by them is documented in extensive lists of enslaved people, purchase of and sale agreements for enslaved people, plantation diaries, account books, correspondence, and financial and legal papers. Many of the collections also include records of plantation overseers. One of the major collections in this module is the Papers of the Hairston and Wilson families, related families of tobacco planters and merchants from Southside Virginia and Piedmont North Carolina. The records in this module on Tennessee and Kentucky focus on cotton, tobacco, and mixed farming enterprises, while Alabama records focus on the Mobile area and include records of plantations as well as commission merchants.