Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

was there a pecking order among slaves

Frederick Douglass Slave narative chapter 2-3

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There was a pecking order of sorts. Colonel Lloyd's home plantation looked like a country village because it was completely self-sufficient. It was very business-like and had many houses. The slaves referred to it as "Great House Farm", and it was considered a privilege to be sent on an errand there. Slaves considered the honor of being sent there equivalent to being elected to the American Congress. Those who wanted to be sent competed to please their overseer.