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Receipt for Purchase of Meraia and Her Son Joseph for $450

1834
MHM Archives

This receipt is for the purchase of two enslaved people, and shows the economic basis of the institution of slavery. The price of a male slave was $350 in the 1820’s and by 1860 it was up to $1,600.