The focus of this beautiful composition is on the dignity of the people awaiting their fate and on the pathos of their situation, whereas their callous captors are scuttled to the side in a manner that can only be deliberate. The sweetness of the mothers holding their children is heartbreaking, considering the all-too-common practice of rending families apart. (Click here to see a high-res version.)
|"Charleston Slave Sale"|
|"After the Sale"|
|"Slave Auction: Richmond"|
For further reading, we have five related books, including the writings and thoughts of Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass on slavery, as well as autobiographies of escaped slaves, a history of the 13th Amendment, and The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves.