A Day in the Cotton Fields
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The cotton picking season begins in late August. Slaves are put to work at a very early time to begin picking.
Newer slaves are sent to the fields for the first time to see how much cotton they can pick. This amount becomes their daily requirement from this point on.
The slaves get about 15 minutes to eat a small meal in buckets around noon.
Cotton is picked through the day and into the night. The slaves are given virtually no rest.
The picked cotton is then weighed by an overseer before being stored away. Slaves who failed to pick their required amount would be punished.
After completing even more chores, the slaves may finally go to rest at a very late hour. They slept in small, floorless cabins in very poor conditions.
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