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The Nature of Agricultural Labor

Damian Alan Pargas

in The Quarters and the Fields

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035147
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038773 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035147.003.0003
The Nature of Agricultural Labor

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The nature of agricultural labor in various southern localities had important consequences for enslaved people's time and flexibility in reconciling their status as forced laborers with their duties as family members. This chapter explores and explains the daily and seasonal work of enslaved people in each of the three chosen regions of the non-cotton South. The aim of this chapter is to provide a broad understanding of enslaved people's agricultural labor, as well as a basis from which to further examine the boundaries and opportunities created by work for slave families in the subsequent chapters.

Keywords: agricultural labor; forced labor; enslaved families; non-cotton South; seasonal work; winter crops

Chapter.  10981 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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