This photograph was taken in the and shows children picking cotton in a field. Cotton picking was very hard work, and some of these children look like they are no older that 6 or and are working in the field barefoot.
Hand painted reproduction of the painting Negro Woman Smoking Pipe and Picking Cotton by William Aiken Walker. Commission your beautiful hand painted reproduction of Negro Woman Smoking Pipe and Picking Cotton.
Because cotton could be cleaned faster, they needed more slaves to pick cotton. Cotton becomes the greatest wealth in the South. Became known as cotton kingdom. More than half of the southern farmers did not own slaves.