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South Carolina African Americans – Everyday Life


Also see African-Americans - 1525-1865 main page



The Cotton Field
  • Hunger and other hardships - evidence of the meager rations on which slaves were forced to subsist, including lack of warm clothing and shoes
  • The brutal work regimen - describes "gang" and "task" accountability systems, as well as the grueling labor specific to rice cultivation
  • Life on McLeod Plantation - Charleston County - traces the history of a group of James Island slaves and freedmen from the end of the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth century
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