Enslaved Field Hands

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Enslaved Field Hands
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Unnamed Enslaved Field Hands
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Multi Gender Group
Class: 
Enslaved Black
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
Biography: 

Once the Sutpen family reaches the eastern part of Virginia, they see many enslaved people, described by the narrative as "niggers working in the fields" (182), "regiments of niggers [who] planted and raised" crops (184), "still more niggers [who] plant flowers and trim grass" on the grounds of the big plantation houses (185). The narrative describes these slaves as wearing "better clothes" than the poor white population, which includes the Sutpens (186).

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Individual
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