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Charles Coates remembers vividly the cruelties practiced on the Hall plantation. His duty was to see that all the slaves reported to work on time. The bell was rung at 5:30 a.m. by one of the slaves. Charles had the ringing of the bell for three years; this was in addition to the carriage driving. He tells with laughter how the slaves would “grab a piece of meat and bread and run to the field” as no time was allowed to sit and eat breakfast. This was a very different way from that of the master he had before, as Mr. L’Angle was much better to his slaves.

http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/docs/s/slave/slave11.htm 

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