Slaves picking cotton
Slaves played a key role in the Southern cotton economy, and this was no different in Texas. In this image, a number of slaves pick cotton under the watchful eye of their master. Scenes such as this were common on plantations, where the master did not take direct part in working the land. For those slaveholding families that did not own many slaves, it was not uncommon for owners and their families to work alongside their slaves in the field.