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Slave Auction
Slave Auction

This illustration depicts a slave auction in Washington, D.C. Here an African-American man is offered for sale while a child, perhaps his son, sits at his feet. A group of top-hatted white men examine the item for sale and bid for him, in spite of the fact that his sale will break up a family. A group of African-Americans stands behind the platform, waiting their turn on the auction block.

Image source: Northern Illinois University
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