6 thoughts on “Public Sale

  1. Heartbreaking.

    That sentence “two of the children will be sold with mother, the others separately, if it best suits the purchaser” alone is chilling and full of sad stories.

    I recently saw some clips of PBS’ African American Lives and have been meaning to watch it. There is so much American history that I was never taught and must learn and remember.

    Here is one clip – I found his words at the end so moving:


  2. Sounds as if Massa’s died and his son’s were selling of their half brothers. OR, Massa’s wife was selling off her husband’s mistress and his children.
    Many believe that the house slave had it better, but the women and some young boys were nothing more than concubines or foot warmers i.e. “accustomed to all kinds of house and field work”. I need to pray as I am very angry right now.


  3. ASA My Dear Sister why are you so angry, according to this article Slavery was a blessing.

    “This is an article by a man who was pro-slavery in the antebellum period.

    The negro slaves of the South are the happiest, and in some sense, the freest people in the world. The children and the aged and infirm work not at all, and yet have all the comforts and necessaries of life provided for them. They enjoy liberty, because they are oppressed neither by care or labor. The women do little hard work, and are protected from the despotism of their husbands by their masters. The negro men and stout boys work, on the average, in good weather, no more than nine hours a day. The balance of their time is spent in perfect abandon.”

    For those who want to read more of a mindset that exists even today the article can be found below
    George Fitzhugh, “The Blessings of Slavery” (1857)


  4. This notice was only 175 years ago. We are not far from this travesty that still exist in a “modern” form. I encourage you all to see the movie, MANDINGO. I watched it with my friend last night and it was chilling. It was also too real of how slavery was business and sexual trade.

    IBN ABDUL HAQQ – you can not be serious.



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