A Day in the Cotton Fields Project

A Day in the Cotton Fields Project
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  • A soon as the sun rises and there is daylight, slaves are expected to begin working. They leave the quarters and walk to the cotton fields, ready for the long day of work ahead.
  • In the fields, slaves work picking cotton, filling their baskets as they work. A moment idle is not permitted, for if they stop working or do not work with maximal effort, they are beaten by overseers.
  • When finished with their labor, oftentimes when the moon is full and it is too dark to work in the fields, they bring their cotton to the gin house. In the gin house, the cotton is weighed. If the weight is not proclaimed sufficient, slaves are whipped.
  • Baskets are then carried to the cotton house. At this location, the cotton picked for the day is stored, and must be tramped down by the slaves.
  • The slaves then attend to their chores. One cuts wood, one feeds mules, another cares for swine, and so on.
  • Finally, the slaves are permitted to return to their quarters. When they reach their cabins, corn must be ground in a hand-mill, dinner for the next day is prepared, and a fire must be kindled.
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