Family separation among slaves in America was shockingly prevalent | The Economist

“After the civil war, black newspapers filled up with advertisements seeking lost relatives. In 1880 Celia Rhodes placed one stating a “wish to inquire about my people…I left them in a trader’s yard in Alexandria, with a Mr Franklin. They were to be sent to New Orleans. Their names were Jarvis, Moses, George and Maria Gains.” According to the dataset, Moses was 5’8” tall and 24 years old when he boarded the Uncas in 1836. No one knows if they ever found each other.”

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