Slavery in 1860 was concealed behind the "beautiful" facade of southern plantation life.
Some slaves worked in the fields, doing back-breaking work from dusk until dawn under the watch of ruthless overseers.
Pick up the pace or it'll be whipping for you!
Others worked in the main house, more closely watched than the neglected field slaves and with far less privacy.
Female house slaves were often taken advantage of by their masters, many were abused and even bore the children of their masters, who ended up enslaved as well. The master's wife did not like this and often saved particularly harsh punishments for these unlucky slaves.
I never want to see you or your son's face ever again!
But these slaves did have some special privileges, such as eating their masters' leftovers and having nicer clothes and rooms.
Oh thank heavens I'm not a field slave!
These horrors and many more characterized the "peculiar institution" known as slavery in the antebellum South.