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Is this an accurate description of slave life? Source 1

Account of a slave auction. Taken from William Wilberforce, A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade, addressed to the freeholders and other inhabitants of Yorkshire, London, 1807.

Account of a slave auction. Taken from Wilberforce, A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807.

Account of a slave auction. Taken from Wilberforce, A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807.

Account of a slave auction. Taken from Wilberforce, A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807.

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Your task is to decide whether Washington's description of slave life is accurate or not. The sources in this investigation have been chosen to help you in this task. Once you have read the source and thought about the things to consider, you might find it helpful to make some notes on the worksheet.

Things to consider...

What, according to Mr Edwards, is the worst thing about a slave auction?

What do you think is the worst thing about a slave auction?

Why would Wilberforce include this description in his Letter? What effect do you think he wanted?

 

 

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