The Slave Sale

The Slave Sale

Description
This undated print depicts a scene from Chapter 30 of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, “The Slave Warehouse,” in which the fifteen-year-old Emmeline is separated from her mother and sold to the villainous Simon Legree. A group of white men are gathered in a circular inspecting a selection of slaves who are up for auction. On the left, a young boy is examined by a group of prospective buyers, while Emmeline stands on the auction block on the right. Her mother makes a pleading gesture towards Legree, who raises his hand to place the winning bid. A caption below the illustration, a caption reads, “The Hammer Falls…’he has got the girl body & soul unless God help her,’” revealing the man’s sexual desire towards the girl. In this illustration, Emmeline has been given distinctively white skin, to emphasize that she is a quadroon, one-fourth black, and thereby garner extra sympathy from white Northerners.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
ca 1855
maker
unknown
place made
unknown
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 7 1/2 in x 12 in; 19.05 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2419
catalog number
60.2419
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
African American
Reform Movements
Blacks
Civil War
Slavery
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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