task system

(noun) The task system was one of the two primary plantation slave labor systems. Under the task system, slaves were assigned several specific tasks within a day. When those tasks were finished, slaves could have time to themselves. Slaves who worked in rice and long staple cotton plantations, in the naval stores industry, or in skilled labor positions typically worked under the task system. The benefits of this system for slaves included less supervision, more autonomy and more free time.

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