Women 's Work : The Informal Slave Economics Of Lowcountry Georgia

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Book Review of: Women’s Work, Men’s Work: The Informal Slave Economics of Lowcountry Georgia
Betty Wood explains the struggle bond people went through in Georgia low country over a time span of eighty years, from 1750s-1830s. In this book it reflects on the struggles that bondmen and women had in trying to secure and recognize their rights. Slave markets had reached a point to where they were going to be the main focus of Savannah’s political regimen until the Civil War. Wood argues that, from the beginning of slavery in Georgia slaves fought for a quasi-independent system where they could obtain a better way of living for them and their families.
Wood writes in this book about several aspects that occurred in this time era. In chapters one, Wood’s main focus is on the constant negotiations of how many hours slave owners could make their bond people work and what type of product they were supposed to produce. She goes into detail describing slave codes. Slave codes were laws that gave a broad outline of the status of slaves rights and limitations of slave owners, but even though slave codes had many common laws each state had its own specific codes. These laws were used as guidelines that slimly regulated the amount of time slave owners made their bond people work. One of the slave codes was a law that allowed bondmen and women to have Sundays off. Another time law regulation as to how much slaves were supposed to work saying that Masters could not work their bond people…

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