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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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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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'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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'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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'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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'In the cotton field', 1863

This is a colour lithographic card showing three slaves picking cotton. Two men are using large bags to carry the cotton while a female slave is using a basket. The card was number one in a collectible series of 12 album cards entitled 'The slave in 1863. A thrilling series of the great evil.' produced by US artist Henry ...

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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 ...

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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 parting - "Buy us too"', 1863

This is a colour lithographic card showing a shackled slave being taken away by his new owner as his wife and child beg to be bought as well so the family would not be separated. The owner gestures them away with his whip. The card was the fourth in a collectable series of 12 album cards entitled 'The slave in 1863. A thrilling ...

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Sketch of a slave cabin in Virginia, 1864

This is a black-and-white sketch showing a slave cabin with a small girl standing in front. The handwritten caption reads 'Slave Cabin near the Long Bridge, Chicahominy River, Va [Virginia], June 13th 1864'. The artist was Edwin Forbes and elsewhere on the drawing he noted, 'Sketched while on the march from Long Bridge ...

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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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'The day of Jubelo', 1865

This is a black-and-white photographic print of a painting by Edmund Birckhead Bensell showing African Americans, probably freed slaves, dancing, drinking, making music and sliding down the banister in a large house in the US south. The print is attached to a cardboard mount. The printed caption gives the title and includes ...

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'Old Negro (former slave) with horn with which slaves were called', 1939

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an old African American man sitting in a doorway and holding a horn once used to summon slaves to work at sunrise. The photograph was taken near Marshall in Texas, USA, by photographer Russell Lee.

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Slave decks of the bark Wildfire, 1860

This a black-and white engraving showing emaciated Africans on the slave decks of the ship Wildfire. Women are seen in the background on an upper deck, and in the foreground men and boys are crowded together. The engraving was published in Harper's Weekly on 2 June 1860. It was entitled 'The Africans of the slave bark "Wildfire." ...

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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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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 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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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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'Picking cotton on a Georgia plantation', 1858

This is a black-and-white engraving showing a group of African American slaves - men, women and children - harvesting cotton in the fields of a plantation in Georgia, USA. The slaves are placing the cotton into bags around their waist or carried over one shoulder, and into large baskets. One slave is carrying a filled basket ...