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03/03/1859 The two-day Great Slave Auction, the largest such auction in U.S. history, concludes

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Roots: A History Revealed - The Slave Auction | History

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Roots: The System of American Slavery | History

The Great Slave Auction in March 1859 is regarded as the largest sale of enslaved people before the American Civil War. To satisfy significant debts, absentee owner and Philadelphian Pierce Mease Butler, authorized the sale of approximately 436 men, women, children, and infants to be sold over the course of two days.
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