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|MISSOURI SLAVERY: An Introduction|
The Beginnings of Slavery in MO
Slave Labor on MO
During the 1850's the crews of river boats on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers were generally black. Aboard the boats, hired-out slaves served as deck hands and cabin boys or as stevedores.
The Missouri slave, like the Missouri farmer, became
somewhat a jack-of-all-trades. Tools and implements that broke had to
be mended, livestock had to be cared for, old buildings needed repair
and new ones had to be built. Many slaves became skilled laborers--blacksmiths,
carpenters, masons, bricklayers, horticulturists, as well as general
all-around trouble shooters for the entire farm. In fact, the slave
and his family and the master and his family were, more often than not,
a team, sharing the burden of work together in the field. Unfortunately,
the partnership failed when the profits were to be shared.
---From OFFICIAL MANUAL,
(Ben) Moore's Plantation: Moore
ST. LOUIS CO.
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