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Page from the Eustatia Plantation Account Book
1861
Courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society
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Document Description
This account of daily events at a Mississippi plantation shows how the overseer assigned tasks based on the sex of slaves. On a day when women (and boys) were picking cotton, male slaves were performing more physically demanding labor, like hauling wood and making bridges, and specialized work including blacksmithing.

Transcript
DAILY RECORD OF PASSING EVENTS on Eustatia Plantation,
     during the week commencing on the 15 day of Jenuary 1860
          George R. Clark Overseer.

the 15     Sunday.     This day clear & cold The Negroes all at rest

                                                                                                    3 sick

the 16     Monday.     This day clear & pleasant The woman & boys picking cotton 2 men making bridges. 2 workin in the blacksmiths shop. 8 working on the leavy 2 at the corn mill 4 halling fier wood

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the 17     Tuesday.     This day clowdy and cool The woman & boys knocking down burs The men at the same work as yesterday The river riseing

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the 18     Wednesday.     This day clear & pleasant The same work as yesterday -- The river riseing -- Majer Chatard got from Mrs. C.C Eustis 200 feet of inch plank to make guttas for sistern this morning

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the 19     Thursday.     This day clear & pleasant 8 men working on the leavy The blallance of the the hands dooing the same work as yesterday

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the 20     Friday.     This day clear The men roling loggs The woman & boys cleaning up the field River still riseing within 10 feet of top of bank

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