This chapter encapsulated the buying and selling of slaves as commodities. Using Rachel as an example the author discusses the many different attributes that were looked at when the purchase of a slave was considered and how the purchase took place.
In this chapter, the author creates a character named Rachael to narrate certain situations slaves were put through. Although Rachael wasn't a real person (that we know of), the stories of other slave women are told through her. The chapter talks about the journey and selling of these slaves. Specifically in the New Orleans/Southern area. The chapter also talks about the expansion of cotton in the economy.
This chapter is more of a narrative style, and the author uses a character named Rachel to outline the lives of many slaves. The author describes the process of selling slaves and what the slave owners looked for in purchasing slaves.