April 22, 2017

Plan of a Slave Vessel, 1848

Sketches of slave ships were a popular way of publicizing the horrors of the slave trade and galvanizing support for the suppression campaign. The following image provides a bird’s eye view of the hold of a slave ship, showing how slaves were chained to the deck.
The Illustrated London News, 26 August 1848. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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