Slavery

Slavery
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  • On the rice, tobacco and cotton plantations, the gang system was used, so they had to work for a full work day.
  • Throughout the South, the different regions grew different crops based on the land.
  • In the rice regions, the task system was common for slaves, meaning that they completed one job and were free for the rest of the day.
  • Rice was mainly grown in southern regions of the coastal South, such as South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. It was more stable than tobacco, but required substantial irrigation and a very long growing season.
  • Rice
  • Tobacco was grown in states such as Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. The tobacco prices commonly changed, and the tobacco exhausted the land, so tobacco cultivation shifted westward.
  • Tobacco
  • Sugar was grown on the Gulf Coast, mainly southern Louisiana and eastern Texas. It provided profit, but required intense labor and a long growing season. Only wealthy planters could afford it, and there was major competition from the Caribbean.
  • Sugar
  • Long-Staple Cotton was another lucrative crop, but could only grow in a certain area. It was primarily grown on coastal regions of the Southeast.
  • Long-Staple Cotton
  • Short-Staple cotton was hardier and coarser than long-staple, and could grow in a variety of climates and soils, but it was harder to process as the seeds were difficult to remove from the fiber. However, with the Cotton Gin, the short-staple cotton saved Southern agriculture.
  • Short-Staple Cotton
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