Daily Life in a Southern Plantation 1853
Take a trip back in time to the antebellum South
The year is 1853, and slavery is alive and well on the Hendersons' cotton plantation in Louisiana. Mr. Henderson rules his plantation like a lord, keeping close watch over more than one hundred slaves. Mrs. Henderson oversees the daily operations of the house and looks after the children. Daddy Major and his family are among the most prominent slaves on the plantation. Daddy Major is the chief driver, one of the highest positions a plantation slave can hold, and his wife, Rosena, is the Hendersons' cook. Experience life on a southern plantation -- impressively recreated through detailed photographs, illustrations, and diagrams -- and follow the Hendersons and the Majors through a typical day in their closely connected yet strikingly contrasted lives.