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The Red Flag

The Red Flag

Chapter:
(p.84) (p.85) 4 The Red Flag
Source:
Slaves Waiting for Sale
Author(s):
Maurie D. McInnis
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226559322.003.0005

This chapter discusses the spaces, places, and mechanics of the slave trade. These include the use of red flags upon which are pinned small manuscript descriptions of slaves to be sold off; family separations caused by the interstate slave trade; the use of slaves to pay debts; descriptions of slave traders and slave jails; and the story of Anthony Burns, a former slave who successfully escaped from slavery in Richmond in 1854 but was captured in Boston.

Keywords:   slave trade, slave auctions, american slavery, red flags, slave traders, slave jails, anthony burns

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