Topic: African Americans

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Samuel Eveleigh’s Reasons for Slave Labor

This letter is from a South Carolina merchant to a correspondent in London. He reports on conditions in the recently founded colony of Georgia. He notes his disagreement...
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Sections of a Slave Ship

Slave ships were miserably crowded, as this print clearly shows. Traders put as many people as possible into the ships’ holds and gave them the minimum food, drink,...
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Slate and Pencil Grouping

These items were found at Mulberry Row, site of the slave quarters at Monticello. Archaeologists discovered coins, pottery, needles, and other evidence of family and community life. Enslaved...
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Slave Advertisement

Colonial newspapers frequently carried advertisements for the sale of slaves. “Seasoned” slaves had spent time working in the Caribbean islands or elsewhere. Because they were presumed to have...
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Slave Market

This view of the slave market in Charleston, South Carolina, was painted by an English naval officer named Henry Byam Martin. The artist clearly believed that Americans were...
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Slave Trader, Sold to Tennessee

This painting depicts slaves being forced to march from Virginia to Tennessee. Congress ended slave importation in 1808, but the sale of slaves continued within the U.S. Many...
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Slavery Broadside

Colonial newspapers often featured advertisements announcing the sale of slaves. The Africans in this advertisement were said to be from Sierra Leone. Although most slave traders tended to...
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Soldiers in Uniform

This image, produced in France, depicts the uniforms of various troops who fought on the American side during the American Revolution. The image includes a representation of a...
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Stowage of the British Slave Ship

This image shows how captured Africans were to be stowed on British slave ships. Published in an abolitionist pamphlet, it was intended to evoke the horrors of the...
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Taxation No Tyranny

Samuel Johnson, author of the famous dictionary, was one of many English critics who noted that Americans, who were so protective of their own liberties were often slaveowners....