Whites Working with Slaves in the Fields?

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Do you think this is after the war? I do notice that the white men aren't holding the cotton bags so maybe not? Or are they all free and paid labor? The overseer on horseback makes me believe it's before emancipation or is he just the "boss man" to the field labor?
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Do you think this is after the war? I do notice that the white men aren't holding the cotton bags so maybe not? Or are they all free and paid labor? The overseer on horseback makes me believe it's before emancipation or is he just the "boss man" to the field labor? View attachment 195813
That appears to be a steam powered cotton gin in the background. Those probably weren’t common pre-War, if existing at all. The whites in the photo aren’t wearing work clothes.
 
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That appears to be a steam powered cotton gin in the background. Those probably weren’t common pre-War, if existing at all. The whites in the photo aren’t wearing work clothes.
"Cotton gins were a huge improvement over hand processing, but early gins were hand-operated and each machine could process barely 40 pounds of cotton per day. Horse and mule powers were eventually tried, which raised the daily output per gin to 400 pounds. It was soon found, however, that three men and a steam-powered gin could turn out approximately 4,000 pounds of clean cotton each day. Steam power was also ideal for driving large presses that made big cotton bales. In 1839, a Louisiana plantation owner wrote "Very much (pleased) with Wm. H. Barrow steam mill. Ginning, grinding and sawing by steam … ginning by steam from 5 to 10 bales a day …"
source: Farm Collecter.com -"Evolving Uses for Steam Power"
 
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This really looks postwar to me, maybe a few decades postwar. Cotton harvesting didn't change much for a LONG time.
So what were the white guys doing out there not in work clothes? Walked that far for a photo?. … then the guy on the horse drew the longest straw. LOL Unless the photo was taken from a road then they drove a wagon or something.
 
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"Cotton gins were a huge improvement over hand processing, but early gins were hand-operated and each machine could process barely 40 pounds of cotton per day. Horse and mule powers were eventually tried, which raised the daily output per gin to 400 pounds. It was soon found, however, that three men and a steam-powered gin could turn out approximately 4,000 pounds of clean cotton each day. Steam power was also ideal for driving large presses that made big cotton bales. In 1839, a Louisiana plantation owner wrote "Very much (pleased) with Wm. H. Barrow steam mill. Ginning, grinding and sawing by steam … ginning by steam from 5 to 10 bales a day …"
source: Farm Collecter.com -"Evolving Uses for Steam Power"
I guess then it could be a pre war steam gin. Maybe someone could help out with the clothing style of the whites and date it that way.
 
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So what were the white guys doing out there not in work clothes? Walked that far for a photo?. … then the guy on the horse drew the longest straw. LOL Unless the photo was taken from a road then they drove a wagon or something.
Probably taken from a turn row or a farm lane. That is a big field and it isn’t flat ground like you would see along the Miss. Delta.
 
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Definitely post-war, looking at their cloths, the background buildings, their hats, and what I can see of the rider's saddle, I'd say this photo is somewhere between 1899 and 1925. At least that's my best observant guess.

White's in the South definitely picked cotton, my Grandad was pulled out of school in the third grade in the 1930's to go pick cotton with his Mother and Grandparents, my grandmother still has my GG-Granddad's cotton receipts, (and other receipts) from 1880 to 1939, (I really should have grabbed on to the offer a few years ago for me to take them lol). It was a hard way to make a living, here in NE Texas my GG-Grandad's receipts show they would work from dawn till dusk picking cotton for month and make around $25 dollars to survive them for till the next harvest
 

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o·ver·se·er
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Sorry, I dont have any relevant information to add.....

Just noticed the official/dictionary pronunciation and thought it interesting to note that here, in Alabama, we still pronounce the word as "over-see-ur" - three syllables - not two. :nah disagree:

In fact, it seems we add an extra syllable to most words.....whenever possible.:D
 
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