Coldfield's Slaves|Servants

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Coldfield's Slaves|Servants
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Unnamed Servants of Goodhue Coldfield
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Enslaved Black
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Domestic Service
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The two "house servants" who work for Goodhue Coldfield (14), "both women" (42), were legally slaves when he first "came into possession of them" - "through a debt," Mr. Compson says, "not purchase" (66). He "frees" them immediately, but does not give them "their papers of freedom"; instead, he credits the "weekly wage" they earn but don't receive toward their "market value" as slaves, forcing them to work toward their freedom (66). They are "among the first Jefferson negroes to desert and follow the Yankee troops" during the Civil War (66).

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