At Work In The Fields

These cotton field hands labor under the supervision of a mounted overseer, a white manager of slaves who was employed by the owner of the plantation. Overseers were also expected to control and discipline slaves. The cruelty of some of them inspired the novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe to create the villain Simon Legree, a character in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Slave child. There was no one to care for young slaves, so they spent time in the fields from birth.

A SLAVE COLLAR A slave could be worth several hundred dollars. If he or she escaped, it was a financial loss for the owner. If the master believed a slave was likely to run away, he sometimes kept track of the slave by locking him or her into this collar equipped with bells. As long as the master could hear the jingling of the bells, he knew his slave was close by.

Leg iron, which prevented a slave from bending the leg

Shackle

Slave child. There was no one to care for young slaves, so they spent time in the fields from birth.

Auctioneer

Slave handler

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