slaves on the plantation
how slaves lived in nc
How did slaves live?
Slaves did not have a bed, they slept on the cold floor with only a one coarse blanket. Field slaves worked from sunrise to sunset, but, during harvest they worked an eight hour day. They were often starved whipped and even raped.
house slaves worked in the big house where their masters lived.
field slaves picked cotton and other cash crops.
house slaves lived in their owners attics or any other small places with their families.
Field workers, and house slaves
What slaves did in the big house
most house slaves were in better condition than a field slave. House slaves sometimes stole food from their master. Some house slaves lived in attics, closets, or corners in the big house even if their families lived in the quarters. House slaves did not get sundays off. Their job was to clean, cook, serve meals, and take care of the children. They often listened to their masters conversations to warn field slaves about auctions or other important things.