Negroes for Sale

This is an ad for an upcoming slaver's auction describing the enslaved people who will be sold there.
E.E. Hundly, W. Robinson, and H.M. Robinson
Grade Level

This text is part of the Teaching Hard History Text Library and aligns with Key Concepts 2, 4, 7 and 8.


slave auction advertisement
This text is in the public domain. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dc-4906-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99.
Text Dependent Questions
  1. Question
    In this ad, who or what is being sold?
    Animals, tools and enslaved people are being sold.
  2. Question
    What does this tell you about the perceived humanity of enslaved people?
    They are a commodity to be sold and purchased like any other good. They are not valued like other humans.
  3. Question
    Why do you think these people and items are all being sold together?
    These are all valuable pieces to successful plantation life.
  4. Question
    What does this tell you about the economy of the area?
    That it relies on enslaved labor and farm goods because it is a plantation-heavy economy.
  5. Question
    What would happen if any of these—the tools, the animals or the people—could no longer be bought or sold?
    The system and profits would fail.
  6. Question
    How might Southerners who weren't enslavers have responded to an advertisement like this?
    Answers will vary, but students might speak to the degree to which the southern economy as a whole relied on enslaved labor.
Reveal Answers
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