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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

Jesse Torrey, American Slave Trade (London: Reprinted by C. Clement and published by J. M. Cobbett, 1822)

Woman Jumping from a Roof

The domestic slave trade, as the abolitionists rightly argued, led to tragedies. Some people died en route to the Deep South; others, like this young woman, committed suicide rather than be "sold down the river." The destruction of families was often so severe that after Emancipation, many people were unable to locate any of their kin who had been dispersed throughout the Deep South.

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Image ID: 1129920
Title: "... But I did not want to go, and jump'd out of the window. "
Source: American slave trade; or, An account of the manner in which the slave dealers take free people from some of the United States of America, and carry them away, and sell them as slaves in other of the states; and of the horrible cruelties practised in the carrying on of this most infamous traffic : with reflections on the project for forming a colony of American blacks in Africa, and certain documents respecting that project.
Name: Torrey, Jesse (fl. 1787-1834) - Author
Published: 1822
Location: Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: African Americans
African American women
Slave trade -- United States

Keywords: Domestic Slave Trade
Family - Slavery
Women - United States
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