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Slavery in Florida: Territorial Days to Emancipation

by Rivers, Larry Eugene
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Retail Price: $29.95
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 0813018137

Although offering a sweeping look at Florida's slave regime under Spanish, English, United States, and Confederate rule, Larry Eugene Rivers focuses on the "Middle Florida" panhandle region centered around Tallahassee. Here 85% of Florida's cotton was grown on small plantations using forced labor, with the slave population swelling as Southerners from neighboring states migrated to the area. Rivers also discusses the slave labor structure---from overseers and slave drivers (some of whom themselves were slaves) to field hands and leased bond servants.

review of Slavery in Florida: Territorial Days to Emancipation, by Rivers, Larry Eugene, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).