A white child and slave "companion," probably assigned at birth. A sixth plate
daguerreotype, c. 1855, taken by an unknown North Carolina photographer.
(Click on the image to view further
McKitrick, ed., Slavery Defended: The Views of the Old South, (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey:
Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1963).]
This image possibly documents a master's expectation of friendship, trust, & responsibility
from his slave, for the benefit of his child. Though the white child is barefoot and simply dressed,
the contrasting rough, home-spun clothes of the slave child provide interesting historical
The opiate of "superiority" dosed to white children, was as stupefying as the web of
"inferiority" encircling this slave child. From birth, their culture demanded acceptance of the
Southern defense of slavery in all its historical, moral, religious, humanitarian, and scientific
Where slavery functioned efficiently, only extraordinary human beings could independently
escape ingrained psychological conditioning.