An Auction of Enslaved People in Richmond, from "Le Monde Illustré"

Engraver Bourcier French
After Edmond Morin French

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Roughly one month before the outbreak of the American Civil War, "Le Monde Illustré," a French weekly newspaper, published this wood engraving to illustrate an article about the auctions of enslaved people in the southern states. The print shows a public sale in Richmond, Virginia, the largest depot of the trade, besides New Orleans. The condemnatory article animates this "revolting market" by quoting the derogatory sales pitch of the auctioneer gesturing toward the young mother and child at right.

An Auction of Enslaved People in Richmond, from "Le Monde Illustré", Bourcier (French, active 1861–69), Wood engraving

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