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"Kidnapping a free Negro to be sold into slavery"
1834

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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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