Slavery Advertisements Published June 1, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

Jun 1 - New-Hampshire Gazette Slavery 1
New-Hampshire Gazette (June 1, 1770).

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Jun 1 - New-London Gazette Slavery 1
New-London Gazette (June 1, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 31, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

May 31 1770 - Maryland Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the Maryland Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 1770 - Maryland Gazette Supplement Slavery 2
Supplement to the Maryland Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 1770 - Maryland Gazette Supplement Slavery 3
Supplement to the Maryland Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - New-York Journal Slavery 1
New-York Journal (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - New-York Journal Slavery 2
New-York Journal (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Pennsylvania Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Pennsylvania Gazette Supplement Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Pennsylvania Gazette Supplement Slavery 3
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Pennsylvania Journal Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Journal (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 3
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May 31 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 6
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 7
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 31, 1770).

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May 31 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 8
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 31, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 30, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

May 30 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 30, 1770).

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May 30 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 30, 1770).

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May 30 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 30, 1770).

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May 30 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 30, 1770).

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May 30 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 5
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 30, 1770).

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May 30 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 6
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 30, 1770).

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May 30 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 7
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 30, 1770).

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May 30 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 8
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 30, 1770).

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May 30 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 9
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 30, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 29, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 9
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 10
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

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May 29 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 11
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 29, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 28, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

May 28 - Boston Evening-Post Slavery 1
Boston Evening-Post (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - Boston Evening-Post Slavery 2
Boston Evening-Post (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - Boston Evening-Post Slavery 3
Boston Evening-Post (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - Boston Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 1
Boston Gazette and Country Journal (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - Boston Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 2
Boston Gazette and Country Journal (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 2
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 3
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 4
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 5
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 6
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 7
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 8
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 1
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 2
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (May 28, 1770).

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May 28 - Pennsylvania Chronicle and Universal Advertiser Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Chronicle and Universal Advertiser (May 28, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 25, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

May 25 - New-Hampshire Gazette Slavery 1
New-Hampshire Gazette (May 25, 1770).

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May 25 - New-London Gazette Slavery 1
New-London Gazette (May 25, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 24, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

May 24 1770 - Maryland Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the Maryland Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 1770 - Maryland Gazette Supplement Slavery 2
Supplement to the Maryland Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 1770 - Maryland Gazette Supplement Slavery 3
Supplement to the Maryland Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - New-York Journal Slavery 1
New-York Journal (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - New-York Journal Slavery 2
New-York Journal (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - New-York Journal Slavery 3
New-York Journal (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 3
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 4
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 5
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 6
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 7
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 8
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser Supplement Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser Supplement Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 9
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 10
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 11
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - South Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 6
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 7
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 8
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 24, 1770).

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May 24 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 9
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 24, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 23, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

May 23 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 1
Georgia Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 2
Georgia Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 3
Georgia Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 5
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 6
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 7
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 8
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 23, 1770).

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May 23 - South Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 9
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 23, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 22, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 9
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 10
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

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May 22 - South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 22, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 21, 1770

Guest Curator: Jenna Smith

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.

From compiling an archive of digitized eighteenth-century newspapers to identifying advertisements about enslaved men, women, and children in those newspapers to preparing images of each advertisement to posting this daily digest, Jenna Smith served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled her senior capstone requirement for completing the major in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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

May 21 - Boston Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 1
Boston Gazette and Country Journal (May 21, 1770).

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May 21 - Boston Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 2
Boston Gazette and Country Journal (May 21, 1770).

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May 21 - Boston Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 3
Boston Gazette and Country Journal (May 21, 1770).

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May 21 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 21, 1770).

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May 21 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Slavery 2
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 21, 1770).

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May 21 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Slavery 3
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 21, 1770).

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May 21 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Slavery 4
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 21, 1770).

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May 21 - New-York Gazette and the Weekly Mercury Slavery 5
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 21, 1770).

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May 21 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 1
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (May 21, 1770).

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May 21 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 2
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (May 21, 1770).