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American Anti-Slavery Society (1836) Slave Market of America.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04557 Author/Creator: American Anti-Slavery Society (1836) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Broadsides Date: 1836 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: American Anti-Slavery Society broadside regarding the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. The text quotes scripture, the Declaration of Independence, the federal Constitution, state constitutions, and news accounts. Illustrated with nine woodcuts. The woodcuts include the signing of the Declaration (based on Trumbull), a map of the capitol district entitled "The Residence of 7000 Slaves," a picture of the capitol building, three pictures of public prisons including one captioned "Jail in Washington, Sale of a Free Citizen to pay his Jail Fees," and three pictures of "Private Prisons" consisting of a slave house, ship and prison. Printed by William S. Dorr. Matted dimensions 89 x 71 cm.

People: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: American Anti-Slavery Society, Abolition, Slavery, Slave Sale, African American History, Reform Movement, Washington, D.C., Declaration of Independence, Religion, US Constitution, State Constitution, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, US Capitol, Prisoner Slave Trade

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery