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    Slavery: Maryland Slave Auction Broadside. Some people might have the "romantic" notion that in many circumstances, slaves stayed with their masters for life. That appears to have been the exception, rather than the norm. One of the events that prompted slaves to be sold was the death of the owner. Many of the slave auction broadsides seen in the market were issued as a result of this, particularly if there were no heirs. Details of the auction were posted and everything went out the door. This 18" x 23" broadside advertises a sale in Frederick, Maryland on August 13, 1845. The highlight of the sale was: "The Following Negro Men, one a slave for life, the other for a term of years, the latter a good blacksmith." Such attributes and legal restrictions needed to be disclosed as they affected the value of the "property". This broadside is quite graphic, displaying a great deal of character. It has been professionally cleaned and backed with rice paper. Minor loss along the lower left edge and corner has been filled in. All else is original with no restoration.

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    May, 2011
    21st Saturday
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