Update: Nov. 7
The episode "The Age of Slavery" aired on WHUT on Nov. 7. The episode explained how slavery became intrinsic to the economy when a northerner, Eli Whitney, invented the cotton gin. creating the need for slave labor for the South on a huge scale. Nachez MS became the nation's wealthiest town. Slaveowners bred their own workforce with sexual intercourse, creating mixing. In the north, blacks feared being called escaped slaves and kidnapped and being sent to the South. In Delaware, one slave won freedom by getting a pastor to convince the owner that slavery was a sin. In Southampton, Suffolk County, VA, Nat Turner started a rebellion killing the entire family of owners. A museum in South Carolina shows the tools used to hold slaves, often manufactured by the slaves.
Update: Dec. 7
I''l try to get to the site of the Turner Rebellion soon (but not during a Virginia ice storm this weekend).
There are a few buildings remaining in Courtland, VA, near the NC border. The town was at one time called "Jerusalem". The Rebecca-Vaughan House, now restored, was the last home in which white plantation owners or the like were killed, Wikipedia link here. Mahone's Tavern (wikipedia link) was a safe house for residents during the raid.