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Transcript of Plantation Life
Large farms mainly in the South usually maintained and made a sucess
by African slaves.
Sugar Beets The Slaves Life Field Slaves
18 hour days.
Driven to work by a white overseer with a whip.
Women expected to work the same hours as men even when pregnant. By 12 yrs, a childs work became the same as an adult.
Usually lived in small huts in the "slave quarters".
Sometimes got Sunday off for their own time.
Cleaning, cooking, serving, watching children.
Usually lived in the big house with the family.
Did not get Sundays off.
More privlages, but not easier than working in the fields. Slave Breeding
Death rate of slaves was very high.
Encouraged slaves to have children so they could be sold. The Family's Life
Most plantation owners had about 20 slaves, but it could range up to two hundred.
1/4th of Southern white families owned slaves
Many slave resisted the owner (Sabotage of crops, theft of tools, and work delaying) lead to punishments:
-Whipings, the use of chains, collars, and irons, branding, chaining, and murder, even though the owners knew it was forbidden to deliberatly kill a slave.
Not all slave owners had the reputation for being harsh drunkards who carried out extreme punishment, some were rather fair to their slaves. Many times, the childern of the plantation owners grew attached to the slaves, like friends.
Consisted of corn products, fish, and fatty cuts of meat, and items from their personal gardens. Recieved clothes yearly
two coarse linen shirts
one pair of linen trousers
one pair of trousers for winter
one pair of stockings
and one pair of shoes
]]]]]]]]]]] “The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery”
- Frederick Douglass