Original Civil War Slave Census


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Slave Census

Slave Census

Original 1860 Slave Census

You are viewing an original 1861 Civil War leaf  featuring the results of the 1860 Slave Census.  It is from an original 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of the day.  Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity.  This leaf is over 140 years old, and the date is clearly marked on the front of print. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States,  the Civil War was underway, and Men and Women across this land were being held in bondage. 

This is an extremely rare and highly collectible document.  The upper left corner features a table with the result of the 1860 Slave Census.  The table shows the number of free men, and number of slaves in each of the states, along with the number of Representatives each state would have in the upcoming 38th congress.  It is fascinating to study the details. First, we learn that there were 3,949,557 adults being held in slavery in this country. The table also breaks down the population of each state between Free and Slave.  Interestingly, several states had more slaves than free men. The document includes a nice story on the census, as well as news of the day.

You will simply not want to miss this rare document.  It serves as a poignant reminder of one of the darker chapters of our Nation.  As you hold the document in your hand, imagine the world on the day it was printed.  Remember the countless people being held under the oppression of Slavery. 

Original Slave material from the Civil War is becoming increasingly difficult to find as it is being quickly scooped up by serious collectors and investors, and this is a particularly nice piece.  The illustration will make a stunning display when placed in your office or study.  It would make an excellent addition to your collection, or a wonderful gift for anyone interested in Black American History.  I assure you that this leaf will not only be cherished by its new owner, but by generations to come.  What other purchase that you make this year will have such enduring value? 

Unlike newsprint of this century, these older, original pages do not yellow and fall apart.  The reason is that modern newspapers use an acid based process.   Remnant acid in the paper causes the paper to quickly yellow and deteriorate.   A different process was used in the mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that will last for centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you frame this piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years.  Acid free mats are available at most better frame shops.  If you have any questions related to handling or framing this piece feel free to email me. The print is approximately 11x16  inches.  I have been collecting Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years.  It is a fascinating hobby, and I find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.

The leaf is in very good condition. It has the rich sepia toning that you expect in original material from this period. There are a few spots of minor foxing.




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