Slavery in Hudson and nearby — continued

My earlier post on this topic was picked up by Gossips of Rivertown. That brought a reference from David Marston to a new source: Radical Cartography where the results of the 1790 Census (the first census) provided further data on slavery in our region and elsewhere. Here are a few examples. In 1790:

  • Hudson — total population of 2,584 with 2,364 free whites, 27 free non-white, and 193 slaves — 7% of the population.
  • Kinderhook — total population of 4,666 with 4,027 free whites, 6 free non-whites and 638 slaves — 14% of the population.
  • Rhinebeck — total population of 3,649 with 3,175 free whites, 66 free non-white and 421 slaves — 11% of the population.
  • Catskill — total population 1,885 with 1,667 free whites, 8 free non-white and 365 slaves — 15% of the population.

It is clear that though slavery in the North was not the dominant economic engine that was true of the South, slavery was present and visible on a day-to-day basis.

Click on image to go to Radical Cartography and the interactive map.


Originally published at Current Matters.

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