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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hand molded sun dried brick

I started the day with an online tour of the Historic Kent Plantation House. I wonder who made the hand molded sun dried brick (1840-1860) and then retrieved an article decrying how brick was once made. Brick and clay record, Page 815, Volume 58 (Google eBook)Windsor and Kenfield [etc.] 1894-19, 1921 - Technology & Engineering

Slaves provided much of the skilled and manual labor in Louisiana's antebellum
cities. Demand for skilled labor was high, as were wages. Competition between whites
and blacks for high-paying skilled employment was also strong, although most labor
clashes in the antebellum period were over unskilled jobs. Skilled male slaves worked as carpenters, masons, bricklayers, painters, plasterers, tinners, coopers, wheelwrights, blacksmiths, cabinetmakers, shoemakers, millers, and bakers. Female slaves were also bakers, as well as seamstresses and cooks. Most market and street vendors were women,African- American and American Indian in particular. In much of Africa women conducted local and regional trade, a practice they continued in the Americas, including Louisiana....

...For much of the antebellum period slaves and free blacks supplied New Orleans's demand for unskilled manual labor. During her visit to the Crescent City in 1827,Englishwoman Frances Trollope commented on "the large portion of blacks seen in the streets, all labour being performed by them. . . . We were much pleased by the chant with which the Negro boatmen regulate and beguile their labour on the river." Black laborers were employed in the city's brickyards, foundries, distilleries, cotton presses, hospitals, schools, convents, and other enterprises.
-- A Medley of Cultures in Louisiana

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