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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: January 2020

Chapter 2 - The Yellow House

Summary

William H. Williams arrived in Washington, D.C., and set up his own, independent slave–trading operations in the mid–1830s, shortly before the Panic of 1837 brought an abrupt end to the "flush times" of the preceding years. Slave narratives and travelers’ accounts document the visibility of Williams’ slave pen, dubbed the Yellow House, and the horrors experienced by those held captive inside.