Although much has been written with regard to the political aspects of American Negro slavery, only a few specialized studies of the subject have been made from the point of view of the state. The studies that have been made are primarily legalistic and constitutional in their approach. With only a few exceptions, the economic and social aspects of slavery have received almost no consideration. It was felt, therefore, that such a study of slavery in Alabama should be made. The subject should not be regarded its finally treated until a cross section of slavery in each Southern State has been studied. Although it is true that the general character of the institution was fundamentally the same throughout the slave-holding states, some aspects of the institution differed widely in the several states.
Since the system of slavery in Alabama was transplanted from the Atlantic Seaboard States, my purpose is to show a cross section of how it operated in this region instead of describing how it developed. The method of treatment is shown by the table of contents. The documentation and the bibliography show the nature of the materials consulted.