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Realize, these slaves went through lots of  HELL WITHOUT A CAUSE.  And still today their descendants are without any compensation.

This article was published Sept. 27, 1856, in the London News, showing the biggest slave auction.
For the real story listen to clip of, STRANGE FRUIT by Billy Holiday, to listen use Free Realplayer download:
More About STRANGE FRUIT: Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees, Pastoral scene of the gallant south, The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth, Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh, And the sudden smell of burning flesh! Here are a fruit of crows to pluck, for the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,Here is a strange and a bitter crop. Music and lyrics by Louis Allen, 1940. Here to find photos of Lynching pictures:

The east entrance to the St. Louis courthouse. It was here on these steps that slaves were often sold. St. Louis was the biggest slave market in Missouri. Slave patrols operated throughout the city constantly on the lookout for runaways or unlawful conduct by slaves. "Though slavery is thought, by some, to be mild in Missouri, when compared with the cotton, sugar and rice growing states, yet no part of our slave-holding country is more noted for the barbarity of its inhabitants than St. Louis."--William Wells Brown, former slave.
Even White Jews were included among the Strange Fruit

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now made available to the public for the first time. Born in Slavery was made possible by a major gift from the Citigroup Foundation.
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Photos of slaveships:
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