Slavery Myths: Slaves Spent Most of Their Time Picking Cotton

Antebellum South

Slavery in the United States was nothing compared to the intensity of Cuban slavery where slaves commonly spent as much as 20 hours a day harvesting and processing sugarcane.

Here’s another excerpt from Time on the Cross:

“Cotton was, of course, the single most important crop on large cotton plantations, requiring about 34 percent of the labor time of the slaves. However, the rearing of livestock (including the raising of feed) took nearly as much labor time of slaves – about 25 percent. Corn bound for human consumption took another 6 percent. The remaining 34 percent of the working time of slave hands was divided among land improvement, the construction of fences and buildings, the raising of other crops (oats, rye, wheat, potatoes, etc.), domestic duties, and home manufacturing (especially the production of clothes).”

2/3rds of the time of slaves on Southern cotton plantations was spent on activities which had nothing to do with the cotton crop. The slaves on Virginia tobacco farms had even easier lives.

In terms of the intensity of slavery, sugar > rice > coffee > cotton > tobacco. There was a night and day difference between being a slave on a sugar plantation and a cotton plantation.

Brutus
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I think it safe to say we understand about how most have been misled about slavery.

Dixiegirl
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It helps to mention it. Even if one “understands” (cognitively), propaganda is not intellectual, it’s emotional. One can “know” the facts a hundred times over, (and many even today don’t know that) when just ten movies seen as a child may brand a person an an unconscious slaver in your heart (which is the whole point of television). —Talked to a distance relative who is about five. He already knows the “south is slavery” and “germans are bad.” At the same time, he must have intaken that there is “southern” and “german” in his own background. Cognitive dissonance. This “splitting… Read more »
Dixiegirl
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Nobody seems to have a case of the “Good White People” more than the Nets, the Northeast Transpants—- they seem missionaries all, (as long as they are giving away money collected from the american’s taxes, lol). Backed by their little Half-Truth sagas of oppressions, famines, serfdoms, flagellating religions, slaverydoms, and general moralistic, put-upon Do-Gooderness (with other peoples money), and usually dishing out crap nobody wants with it.

crowley
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HW: “2/3rds of the time of slaves on Southern cotton plantations was spent on activities which had nothing to do with the cotton crop. The slaves on Virginia tobacco farms had even easier lives.”

The only work that qualifies as hard work is cotton crop work?

John
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What else would the blacks do? They grew their own fckn food. That’s what the estates Haitians tried to do as subsistence farmers. But they were too dumb to do even that without white supervisors.

40 acres and a mule was the sales pitch to these asinine creatures.

John
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I’m pretty sure that slaves were able to accrue money from work they did in other contexts too. All labour wasn’t owned by the Plantation owner.

John Bonaccorsi
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How was it any different from the “free” labor done by the yeomanry before and after the war?

So you’re now a leftist, Mr. W., attempting to deflect concepts by putting them in quotation marks? The main way that it was different from “free” labor is that it wasn’t done freely. The more you discuss this issue, the deeper the hole you dig for yourself and your fellow Southern diehards.

Dixiegirl
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One glance at the 1860 census and old upper south slave schedules does lend a sense that there were mostly small farms. And how much work is the grandad slave still living there going to be doing… since given ages, names, it’s clear multi-generations are actually still together, despite being told in every movie that all the little children were ‘sold down the river.’ Oh… right, grandpa was probably beaten bloody daily by those evil blue-blonde germanic looking protestant bible believers! And behind their own houses, they had a plot for their personal garden, seemingly. Tell that to the NYC… Read more »
Mosin Nagant
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“(A)ttempting to deflect concepts by putting them in quotation marks? The main way that it was different from ‘free’ labor is that it wasn’t done freely. The more you discuss this issue, the deeper the hole you dig”: Facts are important, and the historical accuracy is appreciated, but the appearance of “benevolence justification” that clashes completely with the spirit of the Robert B. Rhett motto is distracting!

Mosin Nagant
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They are fully human, spiritual beings who were always entitled to continue in their free (of “feral state”) in their African homeland,

OR they are permanently child-like or mentally or emotionally “challenged” human beings who are benefitted most by mutually-beneficial, affordable, efficient care in the institution of slavery,

OR they are non-humans worthy of humane treatment when used as livestock.

Mosin Nagant
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Sorry for the typo:

free (of “feral state”) in their African homeland,

should have been:

freedom (or “feral state”) in their African homeland,

Mosin Nagant
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Any other possibility?

John
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You should see if there’s a slave biography where you compare his life expectancy with a current Trayvon.

John
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Such and such a slave: diet, life span, clothing, savings…
Dental health, overall health.
There must be good records of such things.

Compare him to a typical black today. The comparison would be illuminating.

crowley
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John, Why compare the benefit of black slavery to black freedom in white lands from the point of view of black benefit? Black slavery in white lands is bad for whites. Whether it might be plausibly argued in some context to be beneficial to blacks makes no difference. We aren’t blacks and our first priority is what is beneficial to us. Please explain how black slavery in white lands is beneficial to whites? Better to endorse black slavery in the lands of your enemy, like for instance in Muslim lands, for the benefit of blacks of course.

John Bonaccorsi, Philadelphia
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John Bonaccorsi, Philadelphia
No, I am saying that the tasks done by the slaves on American cotton plantations, things like clearing property, raising chickens, making clothes, planting corn, fixing fences, raising barns wasn’t really different from the tasks done by “free” laborers on farms in the South and the North. Sorry. I hadn’t been following your point; still, the quotation marks on “free” are better avoided, I think. For the record: I’m not sure that the persons who say that blacks’ present incapacities are a legacy of slavery are arguing that blacks are enduringly broken because their ancestors’ lives in slave labor were… Read more »
Rudel
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John
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The hard sciences and engineering are not dominated by Jewish profs. The law is.
Mathematics? Is there data?

John Bonaccorsi, Philadelphia
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John Bonaccorsi, Philadelphia
The hard sciences and engineering are not dominated by Jewish profs. The law is. Mathematics? Is there data? I don’t know. It’s quite possible I’ve simply libeled the Jews by suggesting that they’ve tried to crowd whites out of math and science. Is it incorrect that they are disproportionately represented among scientific Nobel prize winners and so on? I don’t really know. My sense is that they are; but again, I might simply be repeating nonsense. Maybe their prominence among such award winners and the like has nothing to do with any sort of manipulation, so to speak, of academic… Read more »
Rudel
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“I guess they are simply smarter than everybody else.”

“Is there data?”

Yes. Nevertheless they are still over represented in academia even after controlling for this. You both need to pay closer attention to the links I provide instead of simply speculating in your so-called “discussions” as they spread very little light.

John Bonaccorsi, Philadelphia
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John Bonaccorsi, Philadelphia

You both need to pay closer attention to the links I provide instead of simply speculating in your so-called “discussions” as they spread very little light.

Maybe I’ve missed it, but the one link you’ve provided, Rudel, doesn’t address my main subject, which was the Jewish position in math and science in academia.

John Bonaccorsi, Philadelphia
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John Bonaccorsi, Philadelphia

And actually, my main point was that white nationalists are quick to disparage blacks as inherently inferior to whites–IQ, IQ, IQ, FBI crime statistics, stupid first names; but when it comes to black prominence in certain sports or Jewish prominence in certain intellectual fields, the argument is suddenly that whites are being discriminated against.

Rudel
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“the argument is suddenly that whites are being discriminated against.”

That’s because they are:

http://www.whitenationalism.com/div/Diversity.html

John
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News in academia? Look at Hobsbawm. He’s a refugee from Berlin, became Britain’s “most respected historian”. Most of it is Jewish boosterism. It’s not actually that hard to Take over the academy if you are nepotistic and create new fields like Marxist Social history. This is what Ford meant by saying that history is bunk. It’s there in Sciences too. James Watson drummed out cause he’s a racist. Walt and Mearsheimer because they challenged Israel. The applied work of Von Braun makes others of his generation look like dwarves. Lemaitre Basically figured out how the universe was created. They were… Read more »
Daveed horus imhotep
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So basically white people didn’t know how to do anything so they went and kidnapped those who did. Europe isn’t known for agriculture so they would have little knowledge of how to till land. Nor were they builders so how could they know anything other than what they had learned from the moors of west Africa whom taught the European as well as the true Egyptian every thing they know. African people built America. Without African people there would be no such thing as civilization.

Daveed horus imhotep
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Including medicine, art, astrology, music, everything was created by people of African decent.

Daveed horus imhotep
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Let’s not forget science and technology. Oh and psychology. The list goes on and on.

d richardson
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Hunter you say black people should not be our primary concerns.black people are americans. U still have slave master mind. Our. Who is our.white americans. All americans should be our primary concerns. Even black americans.

Denise
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Negroes are not American, and never have been Americans.

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