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Many Thousand Gone

cabin slave

Of all the elements of turmoil in mid-19th century America perhaps none was so emotionally charged as the issue of human slavery. What permitted it to have lasted in our country for so long was a combination of economic gain for the ruling class and the pervasive and near universal racism of the time. This was as true in the North as in the South. Many of those in the North who opposed slavery did so not because it was an absolute moral evil, but because slavery meant having people of color in one's community, and something that most Northerners of the period preferred to avoid. In the South many deluded themselves into believing that the "negroe" was better off as a slave and so preferred that condition.

It was an all together different matter when seen through the eyes of those languishing in slavery or those recently freed.

12. Many Thousand Gone


No more auction block for me
No more, no more
No more auction block for me
Many thousand gone


No more peck of corn for me…

No more pint of salt for me…

No more mistress’ call for me…

No more driver’s lash for me…

No more auction block for me.