Slavery & Abolition

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Lot 1

Bill of lading for a very early shipment of "two negroes" from Jamaica to Boston.

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Lot 2

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself.

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Lot 3

Case of the Vigilante, a Ship Employed in the Slave-Trade; with Some Reflections on that Traffic.

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Lot 4
John W. Barber, compiler.
A History of the Amistad Captives,

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Lot 5
Solomon Northup.
Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of . . . a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington.

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Lot 6

Narrative of Andrew Jackson, of Kentucky; Containing . . . Twenty-Six Years of his Life while a Slave.

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Lot 7
James Williams.
Life and Adventures of . . . a Fugitive Slave, with a Full Description of the Underground

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Lot 8

Slavery in the United States: A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Charles Ball, a Black Man.

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Lot 9

Autobiography of James L. Smith, Including . . . Reminiscences of Slave Life.

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Lot 10

Life and Opinions of Julius Melbourn.

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Lot 11
Catharine Elbert.
Letter from an enslaved woman to the girl she had helped raise.

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Lot 12
Dinah Browning.
An enslaved woman's letter to her former master.

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Lot 13
Octavia V. Rogers Albert.
The House of Bondage, or Charlotte Brooks and other Slaves.

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Lot 14
Charles Paxson, photographer.
Wilson, Branded Slave from New Orleans.

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Lot 15

Archive of the slave-owning Randolph family of Virginia.

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Lot 16

Detailed accounting of a Maryland family's enslaved people who were "not worth the maintenance."

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Lot 17

Memorandum book tracking many dozens of enslaved people at a Mississippi plantation.

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Lot 18

Moseley family register listing the births and parents of 13 enslaved people.

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Lot 19
J.D. Ray.
Letter by a wealthy planter's son boasting of his short stint as an abusive overseer.

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Lot 20
Daniel W. Holsenbeck.
Pair of letters from a plantation overseer in Confederate Georgia.

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Lot 21

Colonial deed of three generations of named enslaved persons, as part of a coastal Georgia plantation.

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Lot 22

Will of a Maryland man dividing 21 named enslaved people between his daughters.

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Lot 23

Deed of an enslaved man to a close associate of George Washington.

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Lot 24

Partition of 11 enslaved people in a Kentucky estate, dispersed among 11 different heirs.

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Lot 25
Theophilus Freeman.
Deed of two enslaved men sold by the infamous slave dealer from Twelve Years a Slave.

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Lot 26
Thomas D. McDowell.
Letter negotiating the sale of an enslaved man, unwittingly sent into town on an errand.

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Lot 27

Letter investigating a suspicious Alabama slave trader.

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Lot 28

"Sheriff's Sale" auction handbill for property including "5 negroes," in Mark Twain's hometown.

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Lot 29
John Mattingly.
Letter from a slave trader regarding the purchase of a girl.

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Lot 30

Slaves! Valuable Cooks, Washers, Ironers, House Servants, Blacksmith and Slater.

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Lot 31

Business card for New Orleans auctioneers Mackey & Day: "Real Estate, Negroes, Horses, Mules, Carriages."

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Lot 32

Deed of emancipation for a Connecticut woman named Pegge.

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Lot 33

Deed of manumission for a Kentucky man named Peter.

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Lot 34

Certificate of freedom issued in New York.

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Lot 35

Affidavit that a Maryland woman "was born free and has always passed as such."

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Lot 36

Newspaper publication of Pennsylvania's "Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery,"

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Lot 37

The Constitution of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.

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Lot 38

Issue of the magazine American Museum containing an address on slavery by Benjamin Franklin.

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Lot 39
Thomas Clarkson.
An Essay on the Impolicy of the African Slave Trade.