A Day in the Cotton Fields
By Lindsey Anstead
At noon, the slaves are given a brief fifteen minute brake to eat their measly lunch, and are then put back to work in the cotton fields once more. This process is repeated for dinner as well, seeing as each slave is given a bucket to eat out of and a brief period of time to do so.
As the season of Fall commenses, the cotton picking season begins, escorting the vigourous working conditions of the picking season. Slaves are woken up at 3 am each morning and are presented with the tools of their labor.
After a day's work in the fields is complete, the baskets are then collected, and each slave's cotton pickings are weighed. In order to escape a harsh beating, slaves had to pick just the right amount of cotton, seeing as however much they picked would set their new expected precedent for an ordinary day's work . If any slaves are caught picking less cotton then usual they are declared indolent and then punished with a strenuous beating.
Each slave is furnished with a sack and large basket in which they were to store their collected cotton.
However, the day of a slave does not end there, for after weighing their cotton, each slave must now attend to individual chores. This may include feeding mules and other swine and cutting wood. Only after these chores have been preformed can a slave finally rest from the days toils and return to their quarters.
When situated, each slave is to pick and separate as much pure cotton as possible as fast as possible, and are encouraged to do so by their overseer's whip. Slaves labor over the cotton fields for hours, separating the clean, pure cotton from both the debris and seeds that reside in the infamous cotton plant.
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