Posted by m on .
I am totally stumped. The picture we are to look at is called Five generations of slaves in South Carolina. The picture shows a family outside their home.
The questions we are asked is to
1-make inferences about the owner of the plantation that is showin in the image
2-do you think the owner of the plantation and the slave family in the image are typical of that period.
I do not see the owner in the picture, unless the owner is the tall african american standing in the middle. I am stumped here.
2- granted the clothing looks decent and not raggedy as seen in other pictures, and the man standing in the middle appears to be wearing a "3 piece lounge suit" that has a jacket, shirt and under shirt. The women appear to be wearing dresses that appear clean and well fitting. So no I don't think their clothing is befitting the era, I think they were treated well on the plantation.
Can anyone help with number 1 and tell me if you agree on number 2
The plantation owner is not in the photo, but you should be able to draw conclusions about him (and you can bet it was a "him") from what you see in the photo. Think about who the plantation owners were: white, black, Chinese, Spanish, what??
I count 9 people in the photo. Do you think all 9 live in that house behind them? How do they fit? What do they eat? How many changes of clothing do you think each one has? How do they get their food? What does each person do all day long? Do you think they get days off? Do you think the kids go to school?
You need to draw conclusions based on the photo, what you already know about the institution of slavery on plantations in the Southern US, etc.
What you have written for #2 doesn't address the question. I'd give that answer a zero.
All in the picture are slaves, in the same family. So does the owner keep families together? This was common in that area. Families of slaves were not broken up without some dire economic reason.
It wasn't until after the war were my Families Slaves moved off by the Federal Goverment, to a "colony", giving them each a small tract of land. It was not a pleasant time.