Black Peoples of America - Work Done By Slaves

Last Updated: 08/04/2014 - 17:43

Slaves had no say in what task they were required to do and no control over the length of their working day which was usually from sunup in the morning to sunset in the evening ("can see to can't see" in the slaves language).

Although slaves were used in the northern states in factories to produce manufactured goods, most slaves worked on plantations in the southern states.?

Slaves were used on plantations for a variety of tasks:

Picking cotton

Harvesting Sugar Cane

Planting and Harvesting Rice
Harvesting Tobacco Growing and Harvesting Coffee Building Railroads
Working in the Dairy Weaving Carpentry
It was usually young girls that churned the milk into butter.  "My mammy was a fine weaver and she work for both white and colored." "He used to make spinning wheels and parts of looms. He was a very valuable man."
Washing Clothes Cooking Butchering and Preserving
'I used battling blocks and battling sticks to help clean the clothes when we was washing' 'The cooking was done in the kitchen in the yard.' Meat was butchered by the slaves, then preserved in the smokehouse