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1831 Mississippi Tax Receipt For Land & Slaves

7 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. $3.33 Received of Mary Oliver, Three dollars and 33 cents, Tax for the year 1831, her taxable property consisting of 160 Acres of land. Also lists 1 Slave at lower right just above the signature of C. Steele, the tax collector of Warren County, [Mississippi]. Endorsed by Mary Oliver on the reverse. Light staining, age toning and wear. Very fine early 1800's tax receipt listing a slave as taxable property.  

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Negroes Escaping Out Of Slavery

Authentic, original wood cut engraving that has been hand tinted in color and was published in the May 7, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: Negroes Escaping Out Of Slavery. Sketched by A.R. Waud. 15 1/2 x 11. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin. War date slave related sketch done by the celebrated illustrator A.R. Waud.  

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African American Civil War Soldier

Franchise, And Not This Man?

Featuring a wounded, amputee United States Negro Soldier!


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the August 5, 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: FRANCHISE, And Not This Man? This poignant illustration shows Columbia with patriotic adornments all around the scene. Columbia is standing with her hand on the shoulder of a wounded negro soldier in uniform. The soldier is holding his kepi in one hand while he proudly stands wearing the uniform of the Union Army with his U.S. belt plate...  

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1842 Slave Auction Bill of Sale

7 1/2 x 6 1/4, manuscript in ink.

Warren County, December 30th, 1842

For and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred and forty dollars in hand paid- We have bargained, sold & delivered [to] James M. Brabston, negroe slaves Warrick and Ester Duncan, his wife- he being the highest & best bidder thereof at public sale for cash, of the property of the late Alexdr. McNeill.

Given under our hands & seals the date above.

Signed by the administrators.

Written on the reverse: For value received I transfer, assign & deliver...  

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Freed Negroes Coming Into Union Lines at Newbern, North Carolina

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the February 21, 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Effects of the Proclamation; Freed Negroes Coming Into Our Lines at Newbern, North Carolina. 15 1/2 x 10 3/4. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin. Historical 1863 illustration.

WBTS Trivia: The Proclamation referred to in the caption is President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation which was issued on January 1, 1863.  

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Slaves & The Barracoon at Key West, Florida Where The Africans Are Confined

Original 1860 Harper's woodcut engravings of slaves


Authentic, original woodcut engravings that were published in the June 2, 1860 issue of Harper's Weekly. Captions: #1- The Princess Madia-[From A Daguerreotype]. #2- The Only Baby Among The Africans-[From A Daguerreotype]. #3- An African-[From A Daguerreotype]. #4- The Barracoon At Key West Where The Africans Are Confined-[From A Daguerreotype]. Includes some printed text regarding these illustrations. 10 1/2 x 16. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin. Rare.  

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Effect of John Brown's Invasion of the South

Original 1859 woodcut engravings of slaves!

Authentic, original woodcut engravings that were published on the front page of the November 19, 1859 issue of Harper's Weekly. EFFECT OF JOHN BROWN'S INVASION AT THE SOUTH! #1: "Much Obliged To Dar Ar Possum Wattomie For Dese Pikes He Gin Us- Dey's Turrible Handy To Dig Tatters Wid." #2: "What's Dem Fool Niggers Fraid On? I'd Like Ter See One O' Dem Folks Ondertake To Carry Me Off, I Would!" #3: A Southern Planter Arming His Slaves To Resist Invasion. 11 x 15 3/4. Harper's...  

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Scene From The American Tempest, Lincoln, Davis & Slave

The Emancipation Proclamation

1863 print of United States President Abraham Lincoln, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a slave in caricature form titled "Scene From The American Tempest." Imprint below the title, Caliban (Sambo) "YOU BEAT HIM 'NOUGH MASSA! BERRY LITTLE TIME, I'LL BEAT HIM TOO." Shakspeare. ("N" word) Translation. This engraving appeared in the January 24, 1863 issue of Punch Magazine, and depicts President Lincoln wearing a uniform with kepi with plume on it, striped pants, high boots,...  

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Brutus and Caesar, From the American Edition of Shakspeare

Featuring President Abraham Lincoln as Brutus

1863 print with a caricature of two negroes and President Abraham Lincoln as the players in a satirical view titled "Brutus and Caesar." The negro at the left, wearing striped pants and a polka dot shirt, is fast asleep as he sits in a chair holding his banjo at his side. The negro at the center, representing the ghost of Caesar, is wearing a long robe and defiantly poses with his arms folded across his chest. President Lincoln, seated at the right, representing Brutus, wears a robe...  

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John Brown Hair Display

The famous abolitionist who was executed for his raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859

(1800-59) John Brown was a white abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. During the 1856 conflict in Kansas, Brown commanded forces at the Battle of Black Jack and the Battle of Osawatomie. In 1859, Brown led an unsuccessful raid on the Federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Va. that ended with his capture. Brown's trial resulted in his conviction and a sentence of death by...  

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1847 Account, Sale of Estate Including Eight Slaves

7 3/4 x 10, manuscript in ink.

Account Sales of part of the personal property of the Estate of Edward C. Melke, Deceased. Sold on the 4th day of Jany. 1847. Negro Boy Crump sold to A. Burwell- 500.00. Negro Boy Washington sold to C. Ryan- 605.00. Negro Boy Nelson, Diana & 4 Children sold to H.C. Vale- 1,600.00. $2,705.00. A.H. Laurin, Administrator of E.C. Melke, Decd.

Light age toning and wear.

Edward C. Melke lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  

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1845 Mississippi Tax Receipt

7 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

Received of Job. Palmer, Three Dollars and Ninety Three Cents, Taxes for the year 1845. States that he has a town lot valued at $1,000. Signed by the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff. Note the printed word "Slaves" and a space next to it to write in the number of slaves owned. This particular individual did not own any slave property at the time this tax receipt was generated. Very fine.  

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