Life of a Slave

Life of a Slave
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This visual is a mixture of a week and a growing season sped up and put into a week format.

Storyboard Text

  • Tuesday (Geography)
  • Work Faster You Dumb Slave!!
  • Wednesday (Cultural)
  • Thursday (Political/Social)
  • Today is Tuesday and for Timmy, it is going to be a rough day. Timmy works on a cash crop plantation in Mississippi and right now it is cotton season. Timmy has to plant seeds in the field to grow the cotton. This southern plantation is perfect place to grow the cotton because of the fertile soil, climate, and substantial length of a growing season. Planting seeds means staying outside all day with Mr. Smith yelling at Timmy to work faster.
  • Friday (Economy)
  • I hate this 
  • Today is Wednesday and was even worse for Timmy. Mr. Smith still made him go outside to pick weeds for the whole day even though it was raining. Once Timmy got back inside he didn't have time to take a shower so Mr. Smith got mad and beat him because he wasn't clean for supper. For supper, they had the usual pork with corn. Salt is sparse so the meat was very bland. Timmy was forced to wash dishes while the others ate desert and drank alcohol. Slaves were not allowed desert or alcohol.
  • Saturday (Economy)
  • Today is Thursday and Mr. Smith found in the paper that Congress just passed the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. This is bad news for Timmy. This means that Timmy is twice as likely to get caught if he ever decided to try and run away. Also in the paper, news of nearby poor farmers selling their land because they weren't making enough money. Small farmers and plantation farmers can buy this land because they are higher up on the social hierarchy but not slaves. Timmy was not able to read the paper because slaves were not taught how to read or write.
  • Sunday (Cultural)
  • Today is Friday and there is still a lot of cotton to be picked. Mr. Smith wants more hands to help Timmy in the field and to make more money so he went out and bought another slave. Slave trade had formally ended in 1808 but there were still many smugglers who brought slaves into Mississippi. This was the new slave's first time as a slave on a farm and he did not like it at all. Slavery was the only way farm owners like Mr. Smith thrived.
  • We picked all of cotton and are now loading it into a truck to take up to the river to transport it. The cotton will be traded with other farmers for food and other goods. Some of the cotton will go to the North and also make it all the way to Europe for trading. Cotton will be traded to the west for food, to the north for manufactured goods, and to Europe for imported luxuries such as fancy clothing or furniture.
  • Today is Sunday and is finally a half break day for Timmy. Slaves are allowed to come to worship with their masters at the local baptist church. Timmy really likes going to this church because most baptist churches, including this one, encourage better treatment for slaves. The one negative to going to church is that Timmy can't do his normal singing and dancing like he did back in Africa. After church Timmy has to go back to work on the farm and wait for another week for a break.
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