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The Red Flag

The Red Flag

(p.84) (p.85) 4 The Red Flag
Slaves Waiting for Sale
Maurie D. McInnis
University of Chicago Press

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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