Talent and Training

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Hanging cupboard made by John Hemmings, walnut and tulip poplar, ca. 1820.  
Thomas Jefferson Foundation

 

A skilled work force made the Monticello plantation run. At various times Jefferson hired gardeners, a brewer, masons, smiths, joiners, carriage builders, charcoal burners, and weavers to teach their trades to enslaved men and women. From the age of ten, boys began work in a nail-making shop. Girls started work in a textile shop. Based on their performances, at age 16 they would learn a trade or go to work in the fields. 

 

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