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Dressed for Sale

Dressed for Sale

Chapter:
(p.115) 5 Dressed for Sale
Source:
Slaves Waiting for Sale
Author(s):
Maurie D. McInnis
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226559322.003.0006

This chapter discusses the spaces, places, and mechanics of the slave trade. These include the enslaved assistants of slave traders; slave auctions as public spectacles in Charleston, South Carolina; the degrading physical inspection of slaves by traders; artists’ attempts to capture the sense of visual drama generated at auctions; and costuming as an essential part of the theater of the slave auction.

Keywords:   slave trade, slavery, slave traders, slave auctions

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