106Southern Cultures Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge. By Charles B. Dew. W. W. Norton and Co., 1994. 429 pp. Cloth, $27.50. Reviewed by Winthrop D. Jordan, who was formerly at the University of California at Berkeley, and is now at the University ofMississippi. He L· the author of Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy. Having previously written a fine study of the Tredegar Iron Works, Charles Dew now takes up a topic that is both narrower and broader. Bond ofIron deals with a group of slaves and masters involved in a successful and long-term enterprise in the iron industry in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The story begins early in the nineteenth century, continues through the Civil War, and reverberates through the 1880s. "Industrial slavery" has usually been treated by historians as a peripheral subset of the topic of "slavery" in the United States, chiefly because such a small percentage of slaves and slaveowners were engaged in such enterprises. As a whole, this book supports that traditional view. Yet it also opens up another way of looking at distinctions among different kinds of labor in the
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1995
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