Slaves - Notice of Sale

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The type of slavery which developed in the American Colonies is known as "chattel slavery." 

The word chattel means "personal property which is movable or immovable."    

Personal property can be sold.  American slaves could be sold. 

The first item, in this image, announces an Auction of 170 slaves - recently arrived in America from Angola -  scheduled to be sold during August of 1774.

Note that the last item, in the Notice, concerns two runaway slaves.

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Image of document online, courtesy Library of Congress.



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