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"Kidnapping a free Negro to be sold into slavery"

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Kidnapping a free Negro to be sold into slavery

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This woodcut from 1834 depicts a free black being kidnapped by slavers. The demand for slaves to labor on southern cotton plantations made kidnapping of free persons a common practice.
Image Credit: From the collections of the Library of Congress

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Kidnapping in Pennsylvania
Emma Lapsansky on kidnapping in Philadelphia
Julie Winch on the economic impetus for kidnapping
Norrece Jones on kidnapping and class
Julie Winch on the kidnapping of children

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