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Flip through some pages of this account book kept by George Clark, overseer at the Eustatia cotton plantation in Mississippi, to learn how Clark affected and perceived changes in the slaves' living conditions from season to season.

In the mid-nineteenth century, journals were published to enable more efficient plantation management. These books included formatted calendars, lists, and charts, which planters or overseers could use to record information specific to their farms and estates. As journals and other documents show us, life on plantations could vary widely for slaves.

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