- Jan 2011
- South of the barcodes
I don't know how viable it would have been to employ slaves in factories. To my knowledge, no one ever tried it, at least not to any large extent. Factories tend to work on a cycle of expanding and contracting business cycles. A factory owner can cut costs by laying off free workers, but you can't really save money by giving your slaves a week or a month off from work. They still have to be fed and housed and if the slaves were purchased on credit, as many slaves were, then those loans would still have to be repaid.
The best and most famous line of confederate pistols was made by him, or at least in his name by a mixed group of free workers and slaves. Spike Lees ancestors worked in the pistol factory until the US army burned everything to the ground.