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Slaves for Hire: Renting Enslaved Laborers in Antebellum Virginia
John J. Zaborney Overturns Long-Standing Beliefs about Slave Labor
Baton Rouge, LA—In "Slaves for Hire," John J. Zaborney sheds new light on slave labor in the antebellum South. Previously, scholars viewed slave hiring as an aberration—a modified form of slavery, involving primarily urban male slaves, that worked to the laborer's advantage and weakened slavery's institutional integrity. In the first in-depth examination of slave hiring in Virginia, Zaborney suggests that this endemic practice bolstered the institution of slavery in the decades leading up to the Civil War, all but assuring Virginia's secession from the Union to protect slavery.