Talk:Slave breeding in the United States

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The article should probably begin with a brief overview of slavery in the United States for background and the economic benefits. Management of slaves was essentially asset management. The books that discuss the economics of slavery also include discussions about breeding, and how the families of slaves were routinely broken up in servicing the assets. Also, I noticed in the lede it says that this is debatable, but I haven't found any source that debates/denies whether or not slaves were breed for genetic traits and to increase number in general. It seems to be commonly accepted as fact since a number of works point to newspaper ads and bills of sale that specifically refer to 'breeding stock.' Malke 2010 (talk) 15:02, 14 November 2010 (UTC)


To me this article seems to have very little actual information about slave breeding, rather it primarily consists of general information about slavery that could (IMHO) better be contained in an introductory section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.97.133.244 (talk) 21:00, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Concur. I got very little out of this article for my research. 155.213.224.59 (talk) 19:48, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

The "external links" section contains two links of extremely dubious value. I suggest deletion of the entire section. There is no information about Eddie Donoghue anywhere I can find - he has self-published several books with a similar theme; they share a lack of good sourcing and an extremely tendentious position on this issue. The other link is to a genealogy site with a few lines on slave breeding and also no sources or data. I would say that this entire article is an example of "original research" except for the short description of the current consensus view among historians of the subject, explained in Time on the Cross, that slave breeding as described was extremely rare or unknown in the United States. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stewart king (talkcontribs) 07:11, 30 January 2013 (UTC)