Slave Auction, Richmond, Virginia, 1830s

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Image Reference

George Bourne, Picture of slavery in the United State of America. . . (Boston, 1838), facing. p. 111.

The illustrations in this anti-slavery book strongly reflect its abolitionist perspective. Captioned "Auction at Richmond," the author describes this illustration by quoting from "a graphic description of auctions for slaves" by an unnamed native of Virginia: "Here, half covered with rags, and loaded with chains, human beings are driven together in crowds, and . . .are sold and bought. Within a few days past, I have beheld in Richmond hundreds of men, women, and children, thus exposed in the open streets, and bartered off like brute animals" (p. 111).