For more information on counter-intuitive facts of ancient and medieval history, see Anthony Esolen’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.
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:
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|