Pipimaram women at Mission San Fernando

(Los Angeles, CA) Auctioning off human beings is a practice many would think confined to the pre-Civil War American South. Here in California, slavery was purportedly banned during the 1849 constitutional convention. But even though it was situated in a supposedly “free” state, Los Angeles held its own human auctions during the mid-19th century. And the product for sale was Native Americans.

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