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Wood, Samuel (1760-1844) Injured Humanity; Being A Representation of What the Unhappy Children of Africa Endure from Those Who Call Themselves Christians

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05113 Author/Creator: Wood, Samuel (1760-1844) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Broadsides Date: 1805 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Printed broadside on terrible conditions of slavery and the slave trade in the West Indies. Wood, a prolific Quaker-reformist publisher, printed and sold the broadside out of his office at 362 Pearl Street in New York. Describes the sale, horrendous working conditions, and punishments of the slaves. Seven graphic vinettes depict slaves being whipped, sold, and tortured. There is no date of creation on the broadside, but the printing date was discovered as 1805 through research.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Abolition, African American History, Slavery, Religion, Christianity, Caribbean, Slave Trade, Quaker Atrocity, Slave Sale

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison