Todd A. Herring Archival Collection

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Enslaved and forbidden to learn to read or write until 1865, African-Americans most often appear in early written records as subject of a document, instead of the author. These are examples of bills of sale for enslaved persons. The 1854 document is notable for being pre-printed, with blanks for the seller to fill in. This item was included in the Scrawl and Order exhibit, http://lib.msstate.edu/exhibits/past/.

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Publication Date

1854

Time Period

1850-1860

Geographic Location

Natchez, Mississippi

Object Type

text

Format (original)

document

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PDF

Digital ID

MSS_658_James_1854a

Source

Mississippi State University Libraries, Special Collections Department, Manuscripts Division, Todd A. Herring Collection

Repository

Manuscripts

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

Bill of Sale, William, Sold by Thomas G. James to E. J. Kent, Natchez, 1854

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