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Printed & Manuscript African Americana
Thursday, March 24, 2022
On the cover:
Lot 136 • Victory Will Soon Be Ours . . . Angela Davis, circa 1971.
Slavery & Abolition
Bill of lading for a very early shipment of "two negroes" from Jamaica to Boston.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself.
Case of the Vigilante, a Ship Employed in the Slave-Trade; with Some Reflections on that Traffic.
John W. Barber, compiler.
A History of the Amistad Captives,
Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of . . . a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington.
Narrative of Andrew Jackson, of Kentucky; Containing . . . Twenty-Six Years of his Life while a Slave.
Life and Adventures of . . . a Fugitive Slave, with a Full Description of the Underground
Slavery in the United States: A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Charles Ball, a Black Man.
Autobiography of James L. Smith, Including . . . Reminiscences of Slave Life.
Life and Opinions of Julius Melbourn.
Letter from an enslaved woman to the girl she had helped raise.
An enslaved woman's letter to her former master.
Octavia V. Rogers Albert.
The House of Bondage, or Charlotte Brooks and other Slaves.
Charles Paxson, photographer.
Wilson, Branded Slave from New Orleans.
Archive of the slave-owning Randolph family of Virginia.
Detailed accounting of a Maryland family's enslaved people who were "not worth the maintenance."
Memorandum book tracking many dozens of enslaved people at a Mississippi plantation.
Moseley family register listing the births and parents of 13 enslaved people.
Letter by a wealthy planter's son boasting of his short stint as an abusive overseer.
Daniel W. Holsenbeck.
Pair of letters from a plantation overseer in Confederate Georgia.
Colonial deed of three generations of named enslaved persons, as part of a coastal Georgia plantation.
Will of a Maryland man dividing 21 named enslaved people between his daughters.
Deed of an enslaved man to a close associate of George Washington.
Partition of 11 enslaved people in a Kentucky estate, dispersed among 11 different heirs.
Deed of two enslaved men sold by the infamous slave dealer from Twelve Years a Slave.
Thomas D. McDowell.
Letter negotiating the sale of an enslaved man, unwittingly sent into town on an errand.
Letter investigating a suspicious Alabama slave trader.
"Sheriff's Sale" auction handbill for property including "5 negroes," in Mark Twain's hometown.
Letter from a slave trader regarding the purchase of a girl.
Slaves! Valuable Cooks, Washers, Ironers, House Servants, Blacksmith and Slater.
Business card for New Orleans auctioneers Mackey & Day: "Real Estate, Negroes, Horses, Mules, Carriages."
Deed of emancipation for a Connecticut woman named Pegge.
Deed of manumission for a Kentucky man named Peter.
Certificate of freedom issued in New York.
Affidavit that a Maryland woman "was born free and has always passed as such."
Newspaper publication of Pennsylvania's "Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery,"
The Constitution of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.
Issue of the magazine American Museum containing an address on slavery by Benjamin Franklin.
An Essay on the Impolicy of the African Slave Trade.