Slave Labor on Southern Plantations

Wessyngton Tobacco Field

Wessyngton Tobacco Field

Slaves toiled endlessly, clearing land, plowing fields, raising livestock, erecting buildings, and planting crops to transform frontier landscapes into lavish plantations.


The enslaved population on Wessyngton Plantation primarily produced tobacco, which was very labor intensive.  In 1860,  250,000 pounds of tobacco was produced on Wessyngton making it the largest producer of tobacco in the United States and the second largest in the world.

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4 Responses to “Slave Labor on Southern Plantations”

  1. shannon says:

    You must have been excited to read about the genealogical research into the First Lady’s family today in the NYTimes.

  2. John Baker says:

    I was very excited to read about the First Lady’s family. It’s great that there is so much interest in genealogy now.

  3. Robyn says:

    John, these documents and photos are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing them.

  4. John Baker says:


    Glad you liked them. I plan to post others soon.

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