Lead: Prior to the Civil War, southern slave owners could make a quick profit in the domestic slave market.

Intro.: Dan Roberts and A Moment in Time with Jamestown - Journey of Democracy, tracing the global advance of democratic ideals since the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

Content: The growth of King Cotton as the dominant southern cash crop during the 1800s, increased the demand for slaves. To meet this demand, slave owners in the tobacco regions of the Upper South who had excess slaves or needed to get out of debt, would sell them. They used private transactions and a network of traders and auction houses.