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TRANS-ATLANTIC SLAVERY

Header: Arab slave-trade. One of the many forms of slave trade punishment.

Top row: 1) Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797), known in his lifetime as Gustavus Vassa was a prominent African in London, a freed slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade. His autobiography, published in 1789 and attracting wide attention, was considered highly influential in gaining passage of the Slave Trade Act 1807, which ended the African trade for Britain and its colonies. (2) Amistad in 1839, one of many slave revolts. (3) Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia, 1861 (4) Slave being publicly punished whilst other slaves are deliberately made to watch.

Bottom row: (1) Punishment in Stocks, Brazil, 1816-1831 (2) Slave-Shackle-with-Key (3) Entitled Virginian Luxuries, it's a scene that shows the various underhanded activities going on during this bleak period. (4) Hanging a Slave, South Carolina. Source: Richard Hildreth, Archy Moore, the white slave; or, Memoirs of a Fugitive (New York, 1857), p. 197.

Slave sale. Note the nonchalant tone, and indifferent and oblivious sense of morality.

Images above: (1) Whip with Wooden Grip (2) An African burial ground during slavery. (3) Illustration of Arab slavery. (4) Slave Revolt, Jamaica, 1759.

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