Corn Shucking, South Carolina, 1852

Description

Portrays a corn-shucking or husking, which takes place at night and which the author describes as follows: The corn was piled in large heaps before the row of cabins . . . . Around the large corn heaps were seated over two hundred men and women (many of whom were from neighboring plantations), tearing off the husks and throwing the ears into separate piles; and in the midst of their employment all were chattering, laughing, singing and telling stories . . . . On the top of one of the heaps was mounted Uncle Cato, one of the principle slaves . . . . He was noted for his talent of improvisation. He would sing one or more lines of a song and the chorus would be repeated by all the others . . . . (pp. 65-66). The author travelled through the U.S. South, but Buckingham Hall may be a fictitious name.

Source

Robert Criswell, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" contrasted with Buckingham Hall, the planter's home (New York, 1852), facing p. 65. (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)"

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

LCP-61

Spatial Coverage

North America--South Carolina

Citation

"Corn Shucking, South Carolina, 1852", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed January 26, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/868
Portrays a corn-shucking or husking, which takes place at night and which the author describes as follows: The corn was piled in large heaps before the row of cabins . . . . Around the large corn heaps were seated over two hundred men and women (many of whom were from neighboring plantations), tearing off the husks and throwing the ears into separate piles; and in the midst of their employment all were chattering, laughing, singing and telling stories . . . . On the top of one of the heaps was mounted Uncle Cato, one of the principle slaves . . . . He was noted for his talent of improvisation. He would sing one or more lines of a song and the chorus would be repeated by all the others . . . . (pp. 65-66). The author travelled through the U.S. South, but Buckingham Hall may be a fictitious name.
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