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Subject: Re: [Melungeon] descendants of slaves
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 14:20:40 EDT

In a message dated 4/30/2000 2:03:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

<< here were free blacks and whites mixing then, and I would not be
quick to dismiss out of hand that there were some slave owners and slaves
having children as well. >>

I think it was Walter Plecker who wrote that it used to be profitable for
slave owners to have their offspring with the slaves. This way was much
cheaper than buying a slave.

Dr Carl F. Raver, Charleston, W. Va. -- In West Virginia there are many
negroes who are happy and prosperous, frequently owning their own homes and
driving their own automobiles. The idea of marriage between whites and
negroes is abhorrent. During slave days it no doubt was advantageous, from a
commercial standpoint, to produce as many offspring of negro parentage as
possible and many slave owners must have encouraged the mixing of the races.>>

Read Darlene Wilson's research on Walter Pleaker.

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