Access: Southern Life and African American History, 1775–1915, Plantations Records (parts 1 and 2) (University login required off campus)
The Southern Plantation Records document the far-reaching impact of plantations on both the American South and the nation. Many planters kept journals, crop books, overseers’ journals, and account books in remarkable detail. Family members often kept personal diaries and corresponded extensively with friends and relatives near and far. Southern Plantation Records illuminate nearly every aspect of plantation life: business operations and day-today labour routines, family affairs, roles of women, racial attitudes, relations between masters and slaves, social and cultural life, shared values, and tensions and anxieties that were inseparable from a slave society.
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