Broadside for Slave Auction at "The Mart, In Chalmers Street" for a "Prime Gang of 235 Negroes belonging to the Estate of the late Gen. Jas. Gadsen," 1860

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Slave auctions were often advertised with printed broadsides that included the names of the slaves, their ages, and any qualifications they had. This particular broadside lists the sale of 235 slaves from the estate of General James Gadsden.


Shingler Brothers. "Prime Gang of 235 Negroes. . ." 9 January 1860. 11/260/1. South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston, South Carolina.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard USHC-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the causes and the course of the Civil War and Reconstruction in America. .

Indicator USHC-4.1 Compare the social and cultural characteristics of the North, the South, and the West during the antebellum period, including the lives of African Americans and social reform movements such as abolition and women’s rights.

Note: Although this document was originally posted as part of a lesson specifically designed to teach the above standard, other Social Studies Standards may apply.

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Examining Slave Auction Documents - High School


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