gave us that out of his smokehouse .... My mammy had a heap of children in slavery time, one every other year. She had them so fast that they took her out of the field and put her to weaving cloth, ten yards a day. She kept on having them until she had twelve head , and then she never did have any more. She had a heap of them before me, I was the seventh child. My Boss's overseer was a poor white man, but he was good to us colored folks. Once some nigger women got to fighting in the cotton field. Boss brought them all to the gallery of the big house, and gave them all a lick or two with a whip, then sent therri back to the field and told them to behave themselves. But old Boss Jones had a mean overseer who took advantage of the women in the fields. One time he slammed a nigger woman down that was heavy, and caused her to have her baby-dead. The nigger women in the quarters jumped on him and said they were going to take him to a brushpile and burn him up. But their men hollered for them to turn him loose. Then Big Boss Jones came and made the women go back to the quarters. He said, "I ain't whipped these wretches for a long time, and I aim to whip them this evening." But all the women hid in the woods that evening, and Boss never said any more about it. He sent the overseer away and never did have any more overseers. He and his little boys looked over the work in the fields.
360 Chapter 16 Ybe South and the Slavery Controversy, 1793-1860 Yes, I saw a nigger in chains once. He was my mammy 's brother. He stole the house girl and ran off with her to Camden. Big Boss brought him back, whipped him, and kept him chained in the kitchen for two weeks. Every morning Boss would go in the kitchen and whip him again. His daddy, old Mike, who was my grandpa, was a wagon and buggy inaker. He stayed in the shop all the time, and never di~ work in the fields. He made wagons and buggies for the white folks, and made big money for Boss, over a hundred dol- lars a month. Old Mike kept getting madder and madder about the way Boss treated his boy. He went plum crazy, and ran after Boss in the big house, yelling "This day, my Boss and I are both going to die." Boss, he ran upstairs, and old Missus locked him in a closet and then locked herself in the room. Then old Mike ran to the kitchen and turned his boy loose. They both went back to the quarters, and Mike went on awhile for two or three days. Then he went back to the shop and went to work. But Boss was afraid of him and never did talk to him no more . Old Missus tended to the business in the shop and collected the money. The white men told Boss, "You should have whipped that nigger and sent him back to the field. Now you have driven your best nigger crazy ... ." There weren 't any schools for the niggers in slavery days. After freedom, I went to night school in Camden and learned out of the old Blue Back Speller. The teacher was a white lady-there weren't any colored folks then who could teach us.
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