Slave Auction, Richmond, Virginia, 1830s
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).
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