University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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  • Slave Sale Broadside
    Image | Teaching with Digital Content (Cultural Heritage Community)Credit Sale of a Choice Gang of Slaves, Comprising Mechanics, Laborers, etc. The sale, Tuesday, February 5, 1856, by J. A. Beard and Maj. J. a. Beard, auctioneer, was held for the settlement of a co-partnership of railroad contractors. The description of the sale of "A Very Valuable Gang of Slaves," is: "Belonging ot a co-partnership and sold to close the same. The said slav...
  • Slave Shackles, c. 1850
    Image | Teaching with Digital Content (Cultural Heritage Community)Plantation owners and overseers used heavy iron shackles to punish and humiliate defiant slaves, both men and women and especially those who tried to run away. Slaves who had been sold were also shackled while being moved to another location. Arm and leg shackles were the most common type of restraints, but stocks, neck collars, and the ball and chain were also used. This pa...
  • Reward Broadside
    Image | Teaching with Digital Content (Cultural Heritage Community)her manner of speaking is rather grum. She has a free husband living on Capitol Hill, Washington City, near Sims' old rope walk, named Henson Forrest. I will give the above reward no matter where taken, so I get her again. F. M. Bowie, Long Old Fields, Prince George's County, Md., July 6, 1857." This broadside is on display in the Chicago Historical Society exhibit, "A House...
  • Speech of Honorary Thomas L. Harris on the tariff question
    Multi-Page Item | 16 pages | 1854 | Clarendon Van Norman Jr. Collection of Ephemera (Digitized Content)A pamphlet entitled "Speech of the Hon. Thos. L. Harris, of Illinois, on the Tariff Question in reply to the Speech of Mr. Hampton, of Pennsylvania." This publication includes the 6 page "Letter of Hon. Thos. L. Harris, of Illinois upon the Repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law." The pamphlet was printed by Steam Power Press in Springfield, Illinois in 1854.