The cruelty of slavery was depicted in this image of a black family on the auction block in Richmond, Virginia.
Slave sales often broke families apart with individual members going to the highest bidder.
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Impact of Slavery Upon Slave Families
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Spousal Separation Under Slavery
engraving from the London News, February 16, 1861
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Copyright 2002 The Chicago Historical Society
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