The following images depicting slavery are not to in any way to illustrate what slavery was actually like. That simply can not be done through pictures, paintings or photographs. There are not words or images adequate to show the horrors of slavery. The only purpose of the following is to show some of the pictures published in the newspapers and magazines of John Brown's day. John Brown would have seen them. They are part of what caused him to become the great man that he was, … Witness of God, defender of the oppressed, tireless laborer for freedom, martyr to the cause, Abolitionist to his end. He gave his life so that others, much alike the men and women in these pictures, could stand Free in the Light of Liberty.
P.S. There is one picture among these many pictures that does not seem to fit. It was added because it reminds of a quote from Frederick Douglas, “Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.”
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