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178 Sugar and Cotton Plantation Slaves!... [Slave sale catalogue from Waverly and Meredith plantations]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09340 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Documents Date: 13 March 1855 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: By J. A. Beard & May-\8513th and 14th March, 1855\85 Will be Sold at Auction, at Banks Arcade, Magazine Street, in the City of New Orleans\85" Catalogue of slaves, listed by families, individually described: "No. 1 field hand, fine axman, sawyer and hewer"; "nimble of foot in the dance"; "good seamstress, house servant, nurse and cook." Beard was the largest slave auctioneer in New Orleans.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Slavery, African American History, Women's History, Slave Life

Sub Era: Age of Jackson