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After we were captured from our hunting trip by the white-skinned men, they started saying things in a language I couldn’t understand. These foreign men tortured us with whips, flailing it up and down our backs, and inspected our mouths and muscles. They started looking at a boat sailing in from the sea, anxiously, probably waiting for it to land. Most likely these invaders will force us onto the ship to leave our homeland.

"J H M," "African Slave Trade," engraving from The History of Slavery and the Slave Trade, (1860). Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College. With permission from The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University.

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