Aired: June 25, 2016

Slaves Waiting for Sale

  • Slaves Waiting for Sale (14 min.)

    With: Maurie McInnis

    In 1853, Eyre Crowe, a British artist, visited a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia. His painting of the scene was later exhibited at the Royal Gallery in London in 1861. In her new book Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, Maurie McInnis describes the impact this pivotal painting had on the British Public at the outbreak of the American Civil War.

  • Changing the Tide of Slavery

    With: Gregg Kimball (Library of Virginia)

    Gregg Kimball talks about a new exhibition of art dealing with the American slave trade.

  • Strongarming Lincoln's Voters (9 min.)

    With: Jonathan White (Christopher Newport University)

    Jonathan White says many Union soldiers were not for re-election of Abraham Lincoln in 1864, and were in fact pressured to vote for him.

  • 1619: The Making of America (13 min.)

    With: Linda Heywood and John Thornton (Norfolk State University’s 1619: The Making of America)

    1619 was the year the first Africans arrived on the North American continent. There were at least 20 of them and they came as slaves from Angola. But what’s often overlooked is the culture they brought with them. Many were Christians with European names like Jean Pedro and Angela, and some came from cities. Scholars Linda Heywood and John Thornton recently discussed the lives of these first Africans at Norfolk State University’s 1619: The Making of America conference.

  • The Humourist (11 min.)

    With: Brent Kendrick (Lord Fairfax Community College)

    When we think of colonial American essayists, New Englanders like Cotton Mather and Ben Franklin come to mind. But recently discovered essays by an anonymous writer who called himself “The Humourist” are now being hailed as some of the best in America’s colonial period. Brent Kendrick thinks he’s discovered the real identity of their author.*

    *Update: Brent Kendrick has confirmed the identity of “The Humourist.” More here:

  • Eyre Crowe’s Images of the Slave Trade

    See some of Eyre Crowe’s images, which provide some of the only eyewitness visual renderings of the slave trade in Richmond, the largest slave-trading center in the Upper South.


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