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Unknown [Slave shackles intended for a child]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06151 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: circa 1800 Pagination: 1 set of shackles ; 11.6 x 4.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Circa date previously estimated. Consists of two loops held together by a metal pin.


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, Children and Family

Sub Era: The Early Republic