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Slaves Waiting for Sale: ABOLITIONIST ART AND THE AMERICAN SLAVE TRADE

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Author: MAURIE D. MCINNIS
ISBN: 9780226559339
Original Region: United States
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
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In 1853, Eyre Crowe, a young British artist, visited a slave auction in Richmond, Virginia. Harrowed by what he witnessed, he captured the scene in sketches that he would later develop into a series of illustrations and paintings, including the culminating painting, Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia.

This innovative book uses Crowe’s paintings to explore the texture of the slave trade in Richmond, Charleston, and New Orleans, the evolving iconography of abolitionist art, and the role of visual culture in the transatlantic world of abolitionism. Tracing Crowe’s trajectory from Richmond across the American South and back to London—where his paintings were exhibited just a few weeks after the start of the Civil War—Maurie D. McInnis illuminates not only how his abolitionist art was inspired and made, but also how it influenced the international public’s grasp of slavery in America. With almost 140 illustrations, Slaves Waiting for Sale brings a fresh perspective to the American slave trade and abolitionism as we enter the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

About the Author:

Maurie D. McInnis is professor in the McIntire Department of Art and associate dean for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. She is the author of The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston.

Reviews:

“This book reveals an iconic work of art in remarkable depth and breadth. With ingenious research and imaginative writing, Maurie McInnis unites places and facets of life too seldom joined. No one will be able to see the slave trade—or nineteenth-century America and England, for that matter—in the same way after reading this powerful book.”

—Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond

“This is an attractive book about an unattractive subject. Author Maurie D. McInnis . . . has produced a splendid art book that looks at the ugly face of slavery in the antebellum south.”

—Washington Independent Review of Books

Awards:

National Museum of American Art: Charles C. Eldredge Prize
Won

Library of Virginia: Library of Virginia Literary Awards
Won

Hardcover:280 pages

Product Dimension:7 x 10’’

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Contents:

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Waiting

1

With Thackeray in America

2

Representing the Slave Trade

3

Mapping Richmond’s Slave Trade in 1853

4

The Red Flag

5

Dressed for Sale

6

Going South

7

Exhibiting the Slave Trade in England

EPILOGUE

Remembering the Slave Trade

Notes

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