Buffalo Forge was an extensive ironmaking and farming enterprise located near Lexington in the Valley of Virginia. During the antebellum years, almost every job there, skilled and unskilled alike, was performed by slave labor. Records of the lives of these workers - records unique in their completeness and rich detail - have survived, an invaluable addition to American history. In the hands of a skillful historian, they provide an extraordinary opportunity to reconstruct the stories of slaves and masters in all their economic and emotional complexity.
Perhaps the clearest picture of daily slave life ever . . . . A big window on a world that shaped our own. - David Shribman, Wall Street Journal
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