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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. Very desirable war date slave related sketch done by the celebrated illustrator A.R. Waud.  

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Slave With Hoe and Axe

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in Harper's Weekly. Illustration of a negro man with a hoe and pick and several negroes working in the field can be seen in the background, while the plantation family sits on their porch. A caption from the mouth of the plantation owner says, "My boy we've toiled and taken care of you long enough. Now you've got to work." Caption below: The Great Labor Question From a Southern Point of View. 9 1/2 x 9 1/2.  

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Franchise, And Not This Man?

Featuring a wounded, amputee U.S. 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 clearly visible. He is standing on two...  

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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 Our 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 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 at 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 Presidents' Lincoln and Davis and a slave in caricature 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. (Nigger Translation). This engraving appeared in the January 24, 1863 issue of Punch Magazine, and depicts President Abraham Lincoln wearing a uniform with kepi with plume on it, striped pants, high boots, and holding a sword. Confederate President Jefferson Davis,...  

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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 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 with a stars...  

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Negro Advertising Card, H. Yates Caugh Tablets

2 3/4 x 4 1/2, imprinted advertising card with full color illustration of a negro with large head standing at a table with one arm raised in the air, and an umbrella at his side. The imprint below him reads, "H. Yates. New Discovery Caugh Tablet. Cures Cold, Caughs and Horseness. No's 4 & 5 Covent Garden Bazaar." Light age toning and wear. Very fine.  

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Imprint, New York National Freedman's Relief Association

Plan Of Organization For Contributing Societies

8 1/2 x 13 3/4, imprint. Published by the Committee on Correspondence and Organization, Room 22 Bible House, New York. Outlines the Name, Object, Officers, Duties of Officers, Meetings-Order of Business, etc. The reverse of the document has a very interesting handwritten section in ink titled, "Preamble and Constitution of the Peruville [N.Y.] Freedman's & Union Relief Association. It includes the Preamble and 7 Articles of their Constitution. Light age toning and wear. Uncommon....  

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1863 Manuscript Regarding the Emancipation of the Slaves

4 pages, 3 3/4 x 5 1/4, in ink, written by a women who identifies herself as Sarah S.P. This original manuscript was written by Miss Sarah on New Year's Day, 1863, the day that President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation became effective. It is noted by Sarah at the top of the sheet, "Air- the Banks of Brandywine." This was a popular folk song of the era, and apparently Sarah fancied herself as a lyricist, and intended for her original words to be put to the music of The Banks of Brandywine. The words she has written on this sheet of...  

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