Bond of Iron (Paperback)

Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge

By Charles B. Dew

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393313598, 448pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 1995

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A study of African-American workers empowered and partly liberated by their skills.

At Buffalo Forge, an extensive ironmaking and farming enterprise in Virginia before the Civil War, a unique treasury of materials yields an "engrossing, often surprising record of everyday life on an estate in the antebellum South" (Kirkus Reviews).

About the Author

Charles B. Dew is Class of 1956 Professor of American Studies at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Praise For Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge

Brings to touching, disturbing light aspects of the complex economic and emotional relationships that existed between slave and master.
— Michael Dorris

Enriches our understanding of the human as well as the larger social and economic meaning of American slavery.

— Drew Gilpin Faust

Perhaps the clearest picture of slave life ever. . . . A big window on a world that shaped our own.

— David Shribman