I ran across a rather startling picture at the Andrew Johnson Historic site in northern Tennessee this year. Before I talk about that, I was thoroughly amazed at how Johnson’s hometown managed to spin the story of him to make him appear to be a heroic figure which is very contrary to most public opinion.
I guess I have not come across too many photos showing how intrinsic slavery was to the southern States. This picture, according to the legend below it, was taken in Atlanta in 1864 just after the Emancipation Proclamation. The “Auction & Negro Sales” store was in the same row with all the storefronts. Sadly selling human beings was just the way it was in those days.
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