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Slavery and the Making of AmericaPicture of a plantation house near Social Circle, Georgia
Time and Place Slave Memories Resources The Slave Experience

The Slave Experience: Living
Intro Historical Overview Character Spotlight A Year in the Life Personal Narratives Original Docs
A Year in the Life: Pages from a plantation account book Living Conditions
April June July September October November
December January
Daily record of passing events on Eustatia Plantation, during the week commencing on the 11th day of November 1860


the 11


Sunday. All at rest. Gave all the hands one quart of molasses each on condition of their taking less meat during the week.
2 sick



the 12

Monday. Polly & Maria Anderson sewing & filling sacks of cotton seed. Jackson hauled wood 2 loads and the cotton from the field. Tom repairing the children's house. 3 sick. Basil making collars. Abe cart-boy. Balence picking cotton.


the 13

Tuesday. Polly & Maria Anderson sewing & filling sacks of seed. Jackson hauled two loads of wood & the cotton. Basil making collars. Tom repairing Nurse house. Abe cart-boy. 3 sick balance picking cotton. 1st bale of sacks contained 251 sacks all of which sacks from 2nd have been filled with seed.


the 14

Wednesday. Polly sewing sacks. Jackson hauled 3 loads of wood & the cotton Basil making collars & taking care of mules. Joe Gaines keeping stock of the corn field. Tom repairing Nurse house. Abe cart- boy. 2 sick & balance picking cotton



the 15


Thursday. Polly sewing sacks. Jackson hauled wood & cotton. Peter hauled cord wood. Basil Making collars & taking care of mules. Joe minding cornfield. Tom repairing quarters. Abe cart-boy. Jim Peter Patsy Ann Dick Betsy Uslem at the Gin. 3 sick and balance picking cotton


the 16


Friday. Polly sewing sacks. Jackson & Peter with the carts Basil making collars & c. Joe minding cornfield. Tom repairing quarters. Abe cartboy. Jim & c at the Gin. 4 sick and balance picking cotton


the 17


Saturday. Polly on the scaffold. Basil making collars. Jackson hauled wood & cotton. Joe minding cornfield. Tom repairing quarters. Abe Cartboy Jim Old Peter, Lit Peter Matilda William Stepney Dick Elijah pressed out 21 bales cotton. Balance picking cotton. Commenced at the lower gate after dinner.
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