The Business is Suffering

The Business is Suffering was inspired by a collection of letters found by the artist while working in the archive of the American Antiquarian Society. The letters, which date from 1846 – 1863 were written by prospective buyers, sellers, and “agents” in the field to the slave dealing firm of R.H. Dickinson & Bros. Collectively they document the decline of the slave trade in the South, while simultaneously revealing the unselfconscious racism, and the dehumanizing attitudes which lead to such a system. Twenty six letters have been selected and transcribed in full for this edition.

Out of print.



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