SLAVERY FACTS!

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Slaves of Thomas F Drayton of Magnolia Plantation, Hilton Head, South Carolina, 1862. 

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Dressing The Slaves For The Big Sale In New Orleans
  
Local businesses in cities like New Orleans and Richmond, Virginia – both important centers of the domestic slave trade in the United States – advertised the numerous outfits they could provide for those about to be sold by traders and sellers in the various auctions around the city. Solomon Northup describes his own readying for sale, which began with a bath and was followed by the donning of ‘a new suit, top hat, coat, shirt, pants and shoes. The women frocks of calico, and handkerchiefs to bind about their heads.
  
Dressed well, slaves were arrayed to bring the maximum amount of monetary interest, and their clothes were meant to accentuate and highlight their physical features. In the scenes just described, these demure women and men are dressed to highlight their healthiness and their modesty, their cleanliness and their submissive nature. Some buyers added jewelry to the outfits or long-sleeved gloves, creating a more exotic and genteel ‘look’ to draw the buyers’ eye. However, by dressing their slaves well – and similarly – sellers could also minimize differences between different bodies, especially useful for the selling of sickly slaves. Fashion provided a way of turning slaves into images of themselves: forced to dress up they had to embody the images of salability they also represented.
  

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