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Blind Memory: Visual Representations of Slavery in England and ...


Elias "Red Cap" Ball. In 1698, Elias Ball, sailed from England to Charleston, SC, to claim his inheritance -- part of a plantation and twenty slaves. A young slave known only as Priscilla, was purchased at a slave auction in SC by Elias, arriving on his rice plantation, in 1756, alone, and without family. The fifth great grandson of Elias Ball, journalist, Edward Ball, wrote about his family’s history of slave ownership in the book, “Slaves in the Family,” discussing Priscilla and early…

One thing that is largely overlooked in the history of America is the fact that there were white European slaves. came here, not of there own free will, but kidnapped, shanghaied, impressed, duped, beguiled, and yes, in chains. Yes it is true, there was white slavery--even here in America. This was not only in the country's infancy, but lasted until the end of the Civil War when all slaves were freed.


The 5 Most Badass Ways People Escaped from Slavery

Mr. & Mrs. Craft. She was very fair & posed as a white man and her husband who was dark posed as her slave. Together they escaped as master and slave as passengers on a riverboat.They escaped North and went to England until after the Civil War.

from HubPages

The Power of Dreams-Martha Ann Ricks-From Slavery to Windsor Castle

MARTHA ANN RICKS, was born a Slave, in TN, about 1817. At 13, she and her family were returned to Africa by the Tennessee Colonization Society who felt Free Blacks should not be allowed to remain in North America. Inspired by Queen Victoria’s stance on Slavery, Ricks was determined to make a quilt for the Queen. Over twenty five years, she worked on the cotton silk quilt. At age 76, she sailed to England and was presented at court on July 16, 1892, presenting her quilt to the Queen.


Ignatius Sancho was an African composer and author who grew up as a house slave in England. Ignatius Sancho is best known for his letters about slavery. He sent missives to leading novelists describing himself as a black person and a former slave. He then urged the novelists to use the writings to condemn slavery in the British West Indies. Besides his political involvement, Sancho, an amateur composer, published his own #music.


Five Englishmen escaping slavery from Algiers, Barbary Coast, 1684. From the 16th to the 19th centuries it is estimated that between 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were captured by Barbary pirates and Barbary Slave Traders and sold as slaves. Barbary pirates were based on that coast of North Africa – what is now Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Reports of Barbary raids and kidnappings of those in France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

from Mail Online

Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery and photographed more than seventy years after being freed

The last faces of American slavery: Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery and photographed more than 70 years after being freed.


James Somerset or Somersett was a young African slave who was purchased by Charles Stuart in Virginia in 1749. In 1769, Stuart along with Somersett traveled to England. While in England, Somersett met and became involved with people associated with the anti-slavery movement in England including the well known activist Granville Sharp. Somersett was recaptured after escaping, and his trial ultimately spelt the end of slavery in England


During the war, the extensive cotton trade continued between the North and South. Northern textile mills in New York and New England were dependent on Southern cotton, while Southern plantation owners depended on the trade with the north for their economic survival. The U.S. Government permitted limited trade licensed by the Treasury and the U.S. Army.