Examining a Slave for Sale, Virginia, 1830

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Frances Trollope, Domestic manners of the Americans (London, 1832), vol. 2, facing p. 18; reprinted New York, 1832, facing p. 199.

Caption, "Live Stock, Virginia, 1830." The author was in the United States from late 1827 to around 1830-31. This illustration is found in her chapter on Virginia and her discussion of slavery in the state, but she does not describe what the illustration is supposed to convey. The scene is the interior of a cabin, a bed in the right-hand corner; a calabash ladle or drinking gourd hangs on the wall. The black man with the cane, and the white man behind him with his hands on the black man's chest. The scene, including the image's caption, is puzzling.