Slavetrade and its abolition: Sold into Slavery. This item is part of a collection of contemporary documents compiled and edited by John Langdon-Davies and published by Jackdaw.
The document contains several engravings and pictures on slave trade and the inhumane way slaves were treated (transport, working conditions, brandmarking, murder, chains).
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Jackdaw No 12. The Slave trade and its abolition. Sold into slavery.
Some of these scenes show slaves well after the trade had been banned by the Britisch Parliament for it was still many years before slavery was abolished in the United States and, despite the United Nations Charter, slavery exists in some part of the world today...
[Image 1] Tribal prisoners of war, a malefactor of the community or a victim of slave raiders, the slave was chained or yoked with his neck in the cleft of a forked branch and marched to the trading stations on the coast.
[image 2] Those who collapse from hunger, sickness or exhaustion and who could not be whipped or goaded into continuing were abandoned to the vultures and wild animals.
[image 3] At the trading station they were sold to the white dealers, or the arab traders in northern Africa, then they were branded before being put aboard a slave ship.
[image 4] Metal letters wich were heated red hot and used to brand owner's mark on to the slave's flesh.
[image5] When they reached theNew World, or wherever their destination was, the slaves were sold at the public auction.
[image 6] Slave chains brought from Africa by Livingstone.
[image7] Some owners worked them cruelly and punished them savagely for the slightest misdemeanour or complaints. Slaves must be worked hard some argued, there was no reason to wish slaves to live past their usefulness. Other slavemasters treated their property well - but they were still animals that could be bought and sold without the rights of a human being.