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Understanding Slavery

South Carolina SC African-Americans Understanding Slavery

The cover illustration is of a 1773 Spanish 8 reales silver coin minted in Mexico. Found in a South Carolina slave settlement, the coin had been pierced and was probably worn as an ornament. Similar coins have been found at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and at Harmony Hall plantation in Georgia. Some believe that the silver was thought to help keep away sickness. Others believe that this is an example of African ethnicity. Still others suggest that it may simply represent a slave's attempt to make an adornment.

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