Slavery Advertisements Published August 30, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Chloe Amour

The Slavery Adverts 250 Project chronicles the role of newspaper advertising in perpetuating slavery in the era of the American Revolution. The project seeks to reveal the ubiquity of slavery in eighteenth-century life from New England to Georgia by republishing advertisements for slaves – for sale, wanted to purchase, runaways, captured fugitives – in daily digests on this site as well as in real time via the @SlaveAdverts250 Twitter feed, utilizing twenty-first-century media to stand in for the print media of the eighteenth century.

The project aims to provide modern audiences with a sense of just how often colonists encountered these advertisements in their daily lives. Enslaved men, women, and children appeared in print somewhere in the colonies almost every single day. Those advertisements served as a constant backdrop for social, cultural, economic, and political life in colonial and revolutionary America. Colonists who did not own slaves were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing slaves or assisting in the capture of runaways. The frequency of these newspaper advertisements suggests just how embedded slavery was in colonial and revolutionary American culture in everyday interactions beyond the printed page.

These advertisements also testify to the experiences of enslaved men, women, and children, though readers must consider that those experiences have been remediated through descriptions offered by slaveholders rather than the slaves themselves. Often unnamed in the advertisements, enslaved men, women, and children were not invisible or unimportant in early America.

These advertisements appeared in colonial American newspapers 250 years ago today.

Aug 30 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 1
Maryland Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 2
Maryland Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 3
Maryland Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 4
Maryland Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 5
Maryland Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 6
Maryland Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 1
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 2
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 1
New-York Journal (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 2
New-York Journal (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the Pennsylvania Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Supplement Slavery 2
Supplement to the Pennsylvania Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Pennsylvania Journal Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Journal (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Pennsylvania Journal Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Journal (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Continuation Slavery 1
Continuation to the South-Carolina Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Continuation Slavery 2
Continuation to the South-Carolina Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Continuation Slavery 3
Continuation to the South-Carolina Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Continuation Slavery 4
Continuation to the South-Carolina Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Continuation Slavery 5
Continuation to the South-Carolina Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 6
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 7
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 8
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 6
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 7
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 8
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 9
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 10
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 11
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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Aug 30 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 12
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (August 30, 1770).

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