African slaves jumping the slave ship in order to obtain freedom.

A Dash for Liberty

African slaves jumping the slave ship in order to obtain freedom.

"A slave, belonging to the class <em>quasillariae</em>, is presenting her misteress with the <em>calathus</em>, in which the wool is kept for embroidery." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Calathus

"A slave, belonging to the class quasillariae, is presenting her misteress with the calathus,…

Eli Whitney's cotton gin, which made the production of cotton many times more efficient.

Cotton Gin

Eli Whitney's cotton gin, which made the production of cotton many times more efficient.

Whitney's cotton gin had a permanent influence on America's slavery. With-out a cotton-gin a slave could seperate only 1 pound of cotton a day. With the cotton-gin, a slave could seperate a thousand pounds.

Eli Whitney's Cotton-Gin

Whitney's cotton gin had a permanent influence on America's slavery. With-out a cotton-gin a slave could…

A primitive cotton-gin used to seperate seeds from the cotton.

Primitive Cotton-Gin

A primitive cotton-gin used to seperate seeds from the cotton.

An illustration of a adult female farm hand transporting grain on her head.

Farm hand

An illustration of a adult female farm hand transporting grain on her head.

An illustration of an African American slave who works as a field hand.

Field Hand

An illustration of an African American slave who works as a field hand.

An illustration of an African American slave who is employed as a field hand, notice the basket balancing on his head.

Field Hand

An illustration of an African American slave who is employed as a field hand, notice the basket balancing…

An African American adult male standing in tall grasses holding a fish on one hand and his hat in another.

Fisherman

An African American adult male standing in tall grasses holding a fish on one hand and his hat in another.

This illustration shows the invasion of Kansas during the controversial period of time with free and slave states.

Invasion of Kansas

This illustration shows the invasion of Kansas during the controversial period of time with free and…

An illustration of an African American slave holding a small child.

Man holding child

An illustration of an African American slave holding a small child.

"The Furies are generally represented with a scourge, with which to punish the wicked in Tartarus. It probably was supposed to resemble the whip used for punishing slaves, which was a dreaedful instrument, knotted with bones or heavy indented circles of bronze, or terminated by hooks, in which latter case it was aptly denominated a scorpion." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Scourge

"The Furies are generally represented with a scourge, with which to punish the wicked in Tartarus. It…

A typical slave Dhow.

Slave Dhow

A typical slave Dhow.

"A runaway slave, if recaptured, was sometimes compelled to wear a metal collar riveted about his neck."&mdash;Webster, 1913

A Slave's Collar

"A runaway slave, if recaptured, was sometimes compelled to wear a metal collar riveted about his neck."—Webster,…