APUSH Slavery in the South
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Welcome to the hierarchy of the Southern plantation.
The hierarchy starts with field slaves, who lived in the worst conditions and had to work in the humid Southern climate for many hours a day.
Slaves assigned as overseers were sometimes paid and dealt out punishments to other slaves.
Next were the skilled artisans. They specialized in their craft and were sometimes paid. They could also be hired out to other whites.
Household servants were given fine clothes and ran around the mansion, taking care of the family. However, they were separated from the other slaves and were subject to sexual misconduct.
At the top was the planter and his family. Children were often cared for by female servants.
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