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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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