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Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The blacks live in slave quarters.

The whites live in the Big House.

Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress.

WESTFALL, Slave to King Cotton

Westfall Plantation is a duality of wealth and poverty.

Bonnie R. Stanard

Writer

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In spite of the conflicts between master and slave, all the inhabitants of Westfall are “slave to King Cotton," the crop that brings white wealth and black poverty.

Plantation owner Tilmon struggles to control his family and slaves. However the sound of cannons is in the air, and Fort Sumter is just months away.

The quarters are drafty, one-room cabins with doors that wouldn't stay shut. The slaves are rowdy and exuberant. Their obedience to their master is anything but benign.