Slave Sales on Twitter

W. Caleb McDaniel

November 16, 2015

Image from Frederick Law Olmsted, A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States (1856)
Image from Frederick Law Olmsted, A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States (1856)

It is the custom in Louisiana ... to allow the slave to retain whatever compensation he may obtain for services performed on Sundays. ... From this source, slaves generally are afforded an opportunity of earning sufficient to purchase a knife, a kettle, tobacco and so forth.

Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave

about two million slaves (men, women, and children) were sold in local, interstate, and interregional markets between 1820 and 1860 ... If we assume that slave sales did not occur on Sundays and holidays and that such selling went on for ten hours on working days, a slave was sold on average every 3.6 minutes between 1820 and 1860.

Herbert Gutman, Slavery and the Numbers Game

#!/bin/bash
COUNT=20
while [[ $COUNT -gt 0 ]]; do
    echo "A slave was just sold."
    sleep 180
    let COUNT=COUNT-1
done