My great-grandparents were born at the tail end of slavery. I am four and five generations removed. Only on my paternal great-grandparents from Georgia were possibly under real slavery conditions.
That is they were field hands, cooks and later probably sharecroppers.
I am not sure that my grandfather may not have lived practically in peonage in GA. That line was poor, uneducated and bi/tri-racially mixed. My maternal ancestors were from the Gulf Coast area where slavery was more relaxed and probably servitude more than bondage. The area was not suited to large cotton or sugar cane plantations. They worked on farms and in lumber camps. One Black great-grandfather (b. 1849)owned tupentine stills in Jackson County, MS, hiring Blacks and whites. There was never family talk of slave days.