HOW SLAVES WORKEDThey forced slaves to do thing they didn’t want to do such as pickcotton, work in the fields barefoot. In 1860, there were 4 millionslaves in the US some 60% whom worked in cotton.
The enslaved population started to increase with birth of childrenborn on the plantations. Slave owner determied that the nature of theenslaved daily working lives. But even though what happened to themwhen they were not working. They treated them really bad.
The plantation slavery didn’t function simply because of threat orviolence. Slaves were cajoled and persuaded to work. They were givenland on which to cultivate food stuff or rear animals for they own use.
In 1830, slaves was located to the south. Africa american wereenslaved on a small farm. Fully 3/4 of Southern whites did not evenown slaves; of those who did, 88% owned twenty or fewer.
Though many resented the wealth and power of the largeslaveholders, they aspired to own slaves themselves and to join thepriviledged ranks. In addition, slavery gave the farmers a group ofpeople to feel superior to. They may have been poor, but they werenot slaves, and they were not black. They gained a sense of powersimply by being white.