In this chapter, the author continues to explain the brutality that slaves endured. As well as the importance of their work towards the economy (more specifically the rich). A majority of them were "cotton-pickers" which is explanatory in itself. The enslavers didn't care about their health or well-being because they were viewed as property. The only ways the slaves were cared for was how one cares about a chair. If they were hurt by others, it was their property being effected.
This chapter expands on the harsh treatment of slaves and their living environments. The amount of physical torture that people endured as slaves is incredible to me. We also see the author expand more on the dynamic that was a slave family.