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'Slavery as it exists in America. Slavery as it exists in England', 1850

This is a black-and-white print showing two contrasting scenes of 'slavery' produced by J Haven of Boston, USA. The top scene shows African American slaves in the US southern states dancing and playing the banjo after their day's work is over. The bottom scene shows four episodes of people lamenting the 'slavery' of work ...

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The abolition of British slavery: interactive map

This interactive resource is about the abolition of slavery. It includes an interactive map, written material, images and audio recordings of related text. Students follow a trail on the map, which leads them to the topics: How the slave trade worked; Resistance and abolition; Return to Sierra Leone; Olaudah Equiano's adventures; ...

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'Philanthropic consolations, after the loss of the Slave-Bill', 1796

This is a political cartoon lampooning two of the principal campaigners for the abolition of the slave trade in the 18th century. The colour engraving depicts William Wilberforce and Samuel Horsley, Bishop of Rochester, consoling themselves for the defeat of their slave bill in parliament by entertaining two black women. ...

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'In the swamp', 1863

This is a colour lithographic card showing a fugitive slave hiding in a swamp. Mounted slave hunters with dogs are seen in the background looking for the escaped slave. The card was number seven in a collectible series of 12 album cards entitled 'The slave in 1863: a thrilling series of the Great Evil', produced by US artist ...

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'Am I not a man and a brother?', 1837

This is a black-and-white illustration of a kneeling male slave in chains. It appeared on a broadside (a poster, often with a poem or news and sometimes with woodcut illustrations) published in New York. The broadside also featured John Greenleaf Whittier's anti-slavery poem, 'Our countrymen in chains' and two quotations, ...

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Enslavement and industrialisation

This resource is about the slave-based trade with the Americas and its contribution to Britain in the 18th century and today. The resource is organised under the following topic headings: Consumers and slaves; the Atlantic boom; Slave-related trade; Profit margins; Inherited privilege; and Find out more. It includes text, ...

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'The sale', 1863

This is a colour lithographic card showing a male slave being sold in a slave auction. The white auctioneer appears to be calling for bids. A notice in the background announces 'FOR SALE A likely young NEGRO'. The card was third in a collectable series of 12 album cards entitled 'The slave in 1863. A thrilling series of ...

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Ancestor portrait, 1894

This is a Chinese ancestor portrait comprising a framed mirror upon which has been finely painted two figures sitting on either side of a small table under a thatched umbrella. Both figures are depicted in the formal dress of the Qing Dynasty. There are Chinese characters in red running down either side of the mirror and ...

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Slaves exposed for sale

This is a black-and-white engraving showing a group of near-naked African men, women and children next to a smaller group of European men who appear to be discussing them, perhaps negotiating their sale. One African man is depicted with a chain around his neck, which bears a name or number on a metal plate. The scene appears ...

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Chinese wooden plaque, 1895

This is a large wall plaque, manufactured in China from carved wood gilded with a red painted background. It features an intricately carved border depicting dragons. The centre area is carved in relief with three sentences in Chinese characters. The middle carving reads: 'Guang Zhi shang dai lan ling' [the granting of an ...

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Slave quarters of Abernathy House in Tuscumbia, 2010

This is a colour photograph showing the slave quarters at the back of a house on Main St in the town of Tuscumbia in Alabama, USA. The derelict single-story wooden building was built in 1824. Three doors appear to lead into three separate rooms, presumably the slaves' quarters. The photograph was taken by Carol Highsmith in 2010.

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'Emancipation', c1865

This is an engraving printed in black and rose celebrating the Proclamation of Emancipation by US President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863. The artist, Thomas Nast, has placed a domestic scene of a contented ex-slave family in the centre. Above is the Statue of Freedom, which crowns the dome of the US Capitol; below, ...

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Proclamation of emancipation, c1864

This is a black-and-white print celebrating the Proclamation of Emancipation by US President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The text includes the all-important words 'all persons held as slaves within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, ...

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'The lash', 1863

This is a colour lithographic card showing a male slave being brutally flogged. The slave is tied to the flogging post by his wrists. A white man wields the whip and blood drips from the slave's back. The card was number five in a collectible series of 12 album cards entitled 'The slave in 1863: a thrilling series of the ...

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William Cuffay: 'Fellow slaves'

How did William Cuffay's link with slavery help him become such an influential campaigner for civil rights? This extract from a radio program 'The Isle of Denial: William Cuffay in Van Diemen's Land' explores similarities between convict transportation and slavery and the conditions of the British working class.

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'Effects of the Fugitive-Slave-Law', 1850

This is a black-and-white print showing four African Americans attacked in an ambush by six armed white men. One of the white men is firing as two others reload their guns, and two of the African Americans have been hit. The print is a denunciation of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, its effect reinforced by two quotations ...

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Thornhill plantation house, 2010

This is the two-storey Thornhill plantation house in Greene County, Alabama, showing the southern facade with its two-story portico of six Ionic columns across the front, and the eastern-side elevation. The photograph was taken by Carol Highsmith.

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Drayton Hall plantation house, 2006

This is Drayton Hall in the river delta area near Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most significant historic houses in the USA and one of the few pre-Revolutionary houses in near original condition. The photograph shows the northern-side elevation and the western entry facade with its double portico. In the foreground ...

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'United States slave trade, 1830'

This is a black-and-white print showing the trading of slaves in the USA. Two white men, one on horseback and both carrying whips, appear to be negotiating the sale of five slaves seen on the left in shackles. A woman and two children, also in chains, appear on the right. In the background are slaves working in the fields, ...

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Africans liberated from a slaving vessel, 1884

This is a black-and-white engraving showing African men, women and children who had been captured to be sold as slaves and then liberated by the Royal Navy schooner HMS Undine in July 1883. It comes from the 7 June 1884 issue of the Graphic, an illustrated weekly newspaper published in London, and its caption reads 'THE ...