Slaves on the McCaslin Plantation

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Slaves on the McCaslin Plantation
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Unnamed Slaves on McCaslin Plantation
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MixedBlackWhite
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Enslaved Black
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Peripheral
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Alive
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Carothers McCaslin owned a number of slaves, including the ones he fathered. His sons, Buck and Buddy McCaslin, are reluctant to buy Tennie from Hubert Beauchamp because they “had so many niggers already” (7), but their reluctance extends to other aspects of slave-owning as well. As soon as their father was buried, the two men moved out of the plantation house into “a oneroom log cabin which the two of them built themselves” (248), and they turn the big house over to the slaves. At the end of each day, one of the McCaslin men herded the slaves into the plantation house and locked the front door, though the house had no back door and only half its windows. In the novel's opening paragraphs, the narrator refers to "the descendants" of these slaves, "some" of whom are named McCaslin too - though none of these people appear in the narrative (5).

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