Many of Lewis Miller's watercolor
sketches depict enslaved people in
Virginia. Historians have drawn heavily on these to inform their
interpretations of bondage as practiced in the state during the years leading up to the American Civil War (1861–1865).
Miller, who lived from 1796 until 1882, was a Pennsylvania native who worked as a
carpenter and often visited his brother in Virginia. His watercolors and the texts
that accompany them are rare, because . . .
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