The land of the free and the home of the brave (Slave market, Charleston, S. Carolina)

A slave auction in South Carolina, 1833

The United States was only 57 years old in 1833, when a British visitor sketched a slave auction. Recalling that the United States' new national anthem praised America as the “land of the free,” he scribbled a few scornful words on the back of his work: “The land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Henry Byam Martin
Library and Archives Canada

Watercolour / aquarelle
11.2 x 18.3 cm
1981-42-42 / C-115001
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