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    The Duties of an Overseer

    The Duties of an Overseer

    This lesson plan is designed to allow students to use Oakland Plantation overseer Seneca Pace's 1860 journal to learn about everyday life on an antebellum cotton plantation.

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After emancipation, some newly-freed slaves like Bermuda's long-time blacksmith Solomon Williams, negotiated separate bargains for higher pay and a new work schedule.