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Title: William Wells Brown

Speaker or author: Brown, William Wells, 1814?-1884

Newspaper or publication: Liberator

After reading aloud an advertisement for the sale of a slave mother and her children to be held on the 4th of July, the speaker emphasized the irony in the popularity of this date for such sales. He noted that slaveholders often chose holidays for such sales since they would be assured more buyers. The July 4th holiday was a particular favorite for sales like this. (Includes MP3 audio file.)

Description of file(s): PDF 4 page, 1,115 word document (text and images)

Date published: 1859-07

Subjects: Abolitionists--United States; African American abolitionists; Antislavery movements--United States; Child slaves; Slavery; United States--History--19th century

Keywords: advertisement; auction; audio; chattel; children; Declaration of Independence; England; George Thompson; liberty; Slaveocracy; women

People: Thompson, George

Publication type: Newspapers; Speeches

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