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James Martin – on the slave auctions
The slaves are put in stalls like the pens they use for cattle- a man and his wife with a child on each arm. And there’s a curtain, sometimes just a sheet over the front of the stall, so the bidders can’t see the “stock” too soon. The overseer’s standin’ just outside with a big blacksnake whip and pepperbox pistol in his belt. Across the square a little piece, ther’s a big platform with steps leadin’ to it.
Then, they pulls up the curtain, and the bidders is crowdin’ around. Them in back can’t see, so the overseer drives the slaves out to the platform, and he tells the ages of the slaves and what they can do. They have white gloves there, and one of the bidders takes a pair of gloves and rubs his fingers over the man’s teeth, and he says to the overseer, “You call this buck twenty years old? What there’s cup worms in his teeth. He’s forty years old, if he’s a day.” So they knock this buck down for a thousand dollars. The calls the men “bucks” and the women “wenches”. [Continue Reading…]
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