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The Slave Sale

The Slave Sale

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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.
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Date made
ca 1855
place made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 7 1/2 in x 12 in; 19.05 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
African American
Reform Movements
Civil War
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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