Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Poem "Slaves"

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Title

Poem "Slaves"

Description

This poem describes a foreign slave auction from two perspectives. The first is of someone excited by the atmosphere who describes the actions of participating "Arabs" and Africans in detail, also using the exclamation "Allah!" at some points. This observer notes the "slave-girls, naked in the sun" as the ones being auctioned. The perspective shifts to that of one of these girls, who pleads with the man selling her, calling him "master" and "Lord;" he could be a deity or her master. This man responds that there is "one more fair" than her, further establishing that these girls are used for sexual labor, then tells her that she will become rich after being purchased.

Source

"Slaves." <em>The Messenger</em> LVI, no. 5 (April 1930): 4-5. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.Virginia Baptist Historical Society, The Messenger 1920

Date

1930

Contributor

Matt Mullen
Gabby Kiser

Language

English

Type

Identifier

TheMessengerLVI.5.4-1930

Files

Citation

“Poem "Slaves",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed October 29, 2020, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/107.