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Slavery and the Making of AmericaPicture of a plantation house near Social Circle, Georgia
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Diversity of jobs

The diversity of labor noted in the Eustatia Plantation Book records is typical only of the largest of estates, where owners aimed at self-sufficiency. At any given time on a large plantation like Eustatia, slaves could be found doing a range of jobs, some in the field, some in the house, some requiring special skills, others requiring great strength or agility. Still, on this Mississippi plantation, as on smaller plantations and farms in that region, most labor was concentrated on cotton production.
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