In low-country Georgia the way we see tasks distributed was no by gender but by how skilled the slave was. Kelvin Grove plantation located in Glynn County, which is considered low-country, had more female laborers in the field than men. We read that at the Kelvin Plantation they had more female field workers than men. When deciding who would work in the fields they did not look at whether they were male or female, that didn’t matter, they looked at how skilled they were. Postell did as he wanted on his plantation when it came to cotton ginning. He uses women as ginners, unlike other communities who used boys and girls of younger ages. The women who he recorded as his ginners were Jane, Sarah, Nanny, Hamit, and Hester, he would rotate the work of ginning between this group of women. (D. R. Berry 2007) Just like Kelvin Plantation, Elizafield used workers based on their skill also. Grant, the owner of this plantation, realized that women could do work just as men. They did tasks such as ditching and chopping. The women on this plantation participating in task...
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...the slaves not living on the same plantation. The male slaves who wanted to visit the young lady they were courting they had to obtain a pass from their slaveholders to visit these girls.
In Conclusion the way labor was distributed was based on skill and not gender. Although non-agricultural work was more defined with gender it left women open to sexual assaults. We see that age also played a role in the non-agricultural scene and these people weren’t listed for monetary value due to their age and ability to work. We were able to compare the social life of those who lived in Glynn and Wilkes County. The differences were great due to the location of the plantations in each county. We learned that in both Wilkes and Glynn county skill was the only thing they looked at when putting people to work, with the exception of work that slaveholders labeled as “men’s work.”
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