A Day in the Cotton Fields- Katherine Fey
8th Grade American History Project
Each slave receives a sack beginning of the cotton picking season to collect their cotton in. If the sack fills up throughout the day then they will use a large basket they are also presented with.
The slaves will go out into the field and collect as much cotton as he can with almost no breaks from dawn until it is too dark to see. If they do not collect enough cotton, or stop working before they are called in, they will be whipped.
The one break in the work day that the slaves are allowed is to eat their allotment of cold bacon. This is often the only food they eat all day until their supper late at night.
Once they are called in from the fields, the slaves will tote their baskets to the gin-house. The slaves enter the gin-house full of fear- and for good reason.
Once inside of the gin-house, the cotton would be weighted. If an experienced slave does not meet or exceed a weight of 200 pounds, or exceed their previous weights, they are harshly punished.
After performing their other chores late at night such as feeding the animals and making food for the next day, the slaves will go to sleep, often only for a few hours before waking up again to start a new day of work. They sleep on planks of wood with a stick of wood to use as a pillow.
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