MY BOYHOOD AND YOUTH.
EARLY EMPLOYMENT.—SLAVE-LIFE.—FOOD, LODGING, CLOTHING.—
AMUSEMENTS. — GLEAMS OF SUNSHINE.—MY KNIGHT-ERRANTRY.
—BECOME AN OVERSEER AND GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT.
y earliest employments were, to carry buckets of
water to the men at work, and to hold a horse-
plough, used for weeding between the rows of corn.
As I grew older and taller, I was entrusted with the
care of master's saddle-horse. Then a hoe was put
into my hands, and I was soon required to do the
day's work of a man ; and it was not long before I
could do it, at least as well as my associates in
A description of the everyday life of a slave on
a southern plantation illustrates the character and
habits of the slave and the slaveholder, created and
perpetuated by their relative position. The prin¬
cipal food of those upon my master's plantation con¬
sisted of corn-meal, and salt herrings ; to which was
added in summer a little buttermilk, and the few
vegetables which each might raise for himself and
his family, on the little piece of ground which was
assigned to him for the purpose, called a truck-
In ordinary times we had two regular meals in a