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Author Interviews with Host Crystal Sarakas
A fan-favorite returns to WSKG Public Media! Hosted by award-winning producer Crystal Sarakas, "Off the Page" features conversations with writers from across the region and around the globe. Available as a podcast on iTunes, Alexa, Google, and on the WSKG and NPR One apps.

'The Weeping Time' and the story of the largest slave auction in American history

Off The Page from WSKG · Anne Bailey - The Weeping Time

Between 1760 and 1860, more than 1.2 million enslaved men, women and children were sold in the United States. The wealth of a nation was built on the trade of people - of slaves -  yet most of us know very little about these auctions or the people who were sold there.

Professor Anne Bailey from Binghamton University is

working to change that. Her book, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History,

tells the story of a specific auction in 1859. But it also examines the trauma that still exists today, and the healing that families are finding as they trace their lineage back to the auction block.

Professor Bailey is a writer, historian, and professor of history at Binghamton University. She's the author of African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame, and The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History. She's also the founding director of the Binghamton University Harriet Tubman Center for the Study of Freedom and Equity.

Full disclosure: Anne Bailey is a member of the WSKG Board of Trustees.

More Reading and Resources:

They Sold Human Beings Here - Anne Bailey (The 1619 Project)

The 1619 Project

Savannah - Weeping Time

The Weeping Time - Atlantic article by Kristopher Monroe

Solomon Northup Describes A Slave Market, 1841