enslaved people would pick cotton for hours on end with little to no breaks. before the cotton gin was invented seeds would be separated by hand, this often lead to injury if done to quickly and only one pound of cotton could be processed by a person a day.
enslaved person were sold like merchandise and often separated from their children. Escapees would often be sold as well.
Slaves on larger plantations would sleep in a slave quarter a group of large cabin far away from the master's home, and under the watchful eye of an overseer
any slave that escaped and was caught would be punished harshly. The escapee could be; hobble, re-sold, branded, shackled, lashed/whipped. or kept locked away with little food and water
Slaves had to eat rationed food as they could not buy their own. Food often included; corn meal, lard and some meats. Fruits and vegetables if they were granted. Most slaves had to eat in their assigned cabins for all their meals.
Most people hear slave and think of enslaved people working farmland for hours on end, but not all slaves worked on farms, some worked as shoe makers or blacksmiths in citys throughout the country.