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Slave Auction at Richmond, Virginia, 1856.
巴特勒的奴隶被用拍卖的方式售出 (类似这张插画)

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最大的奴隶拍卖会
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除了继承两座大农场之外,皮尔斯.巴特勒 (Pierce M. Butler) 还拥有许多财富。两天之内,巴特勒将他名下的所有人力都以拍卖的方式售出,将所得款项拿来偿还他的债务。这是美国有史以来最大的奴隶拍卖会,这也背后人称之为「落泪时光」 (The Weeping Time)

436个在他的农场上诞生的男人,女仁,小孩,和婴儿,被带到位于佐治亚州萨瓦那市的跑马场,安置在供马使用的马厩中。他们在哪里等待于185933日开始的拍卖,有的等待了数日,其他的等待了数周。


In spite of having inherited two plantations, Pierce M. Butler owed a great deal of money. Over two days, Butler auctioned off the human portion of his property to help pay off his debts. It was the largest sale of slaves on record in the United States, and it was referred to as "The Weeping Time."

The 436 men, women, children, and infants, all of whom had been born on his plantations, were brought to a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia, and put in the stalls used for horses. There they waited, some for days, others for weeks, for the auction to begin on March 3, 1859.

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