Westfall Plantation is a duality of wealth and poverty.

Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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.

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.

WESTFALL, Slave to King Cotton

Copyright Bonnie Stanard

The whites live in the Big House.

The blacks live in slave quarters.

Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress.

...a tapestry of vivid richness, density, and formidable design.

—Steven Bauer, Hollow Tree Literary Services

Bonnie R. Stanard