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1. This painting represents slaves at work. How was time apportioned on the nineteenth-century plantation? Did the kind of plantation (tobacco, rice, cotton, sugar) make a difference? If so, why?
2. What does this image reveal about agricultural processes of the antebellum sugar plantation? Besides the sugarhouse, what were the various buildings typically found on a sugar plantation and what might they have looked like?
3. Agricultural processes on a daily basis were often under the supervision of an overseer. Use the journal kept by W. C. Wade, to discuss the life of an overseer on a sugar plantation.
4. Considering this image in light of the representations of sugar plantations in Jamaica , what aspects of this plantation are distinctive? Discuss similarities and differences in sugar plantations in Louisiana and Jamaica.