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June 17, 2023: Premier Americana – Day Two

Sat, Jun 17, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 2088


Estimate: $100 - $200

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$200 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
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$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

ANTI-SLAVERY / ABOLITIONIST TITLE, What Became of the Slaves on a Georgia Plantation? Great Auction Sale of Slaves at Savannah, Georgia, March 2d & 3d, 1859. A Sequel to Mrs. Kemble's Journal, [Mortimer Thompson, aka Q.K. Philander Doesticks], no publisher listed, 1863, 20 pp. 8 5/8" x 5 5/8".
Catalogue Note: Taken from the New-York Historical Society catalogue description of their copy of the present pamphlet.
"On March 2 and 3, 1859, at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia, 436 enslaved men, women, and children were sold at auction. It was the largest slave auction in U.S. history. Most of the enslaved people sold during the auction had lived and worked on the same plantation for their entire lives. But their enslaver was in debt and needed cash quickly, so their lives and community were upended. The trauma of the auction was so great that the sale was remembered as “the weeping time” by the Black community.
Enslaver Pierce Mease Butler made $303,850 dollars from the sale, equivalent to over $10 million today. The success of the sale speaks to the country’s continued investment in the institution of slavery as a way to cheaply produce the raw materials needed in the factories of the North. 
About the Resources: Mortimer Thomson was a Northern journalist who pretended to be an enslaver in order to cover the Butler auction for the New York Tribune. His article exposed Northern readers to the continuing horrors of slavery in the U.S. at a critical time in the growing movement for total abolition. It was so controversial that he used the pen name Q. K. Philander Doesticks. The American Anti-slavery Society republished his article as a pamphlet and translated it into several languages."



Old tape to spine and front/back covers, without wraps, edge chipping, some stains and toning. 

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Property from the estate of William S. "Pumpernickel Bill" Troxell, Allentown, PA.