Should I take APUSH

  • Here, we grow a little bit of tobacco, since it is a major cash crop, but not much because it harms the soil. Mainly, we grow cotton! That is our King Crop.
  • As a Southern plantation owner, I have a reputation to uphold! As my slaves, you are responsible for making me my fortune.
  • As the most trusted slave, it is my duty as Head Driver to keep an eye on you.
  • Working in the fields is awful. I'm tired and hungry and thirsty, and with this overseer and head driver watching my every move, there's no room for error!
  • I'm the Overseer, and I'll whip you if you don't make quota.
  • For me, cotton is very hard to work with. To separate the fiber and seeds is a lot of painful work. A lot of times, I don't make the quota because the work is slow and it hurts.
  • But it's 1793, and I heard of something called the cotton gin. It's a machine that makes separation of fiber and seeds a lot easier and quicker. It'll make profits go up as well.
  • I'm a slave child, but just because I'm a kid doesn't mean my life is any easier. I have to work in this factory. I make nails all day, and my overseer weighs my iron rods vs my nails. I get whipped if I waste too much. One of my friends got sold away, and I'm separated from my parents, who are owned elsewhere.
  • Why haven't you got us any refreshments yet? Have you even done the laundry or cleaned the house? Ugh ...
  • Being a house slave is what every slave dreams of. It means comfort, right? Wrong. I'm just a verbal punching bag for my master. Her commands are totally unreasonable!
  • The decision to leave was a scary one to make. If I got caught, I would have been harshly beaten, perhaps even killed. That was the fate of many wishful runaways. I had slave trackers on my tail for months, my name and description was in the newspaper, and all the odds were stacked against me.
  • I escaped and ran away to Canada, but not everyone was so lucky.