Slavery Advertisements Published July 24, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 24 - Essex Gazette slavery 1
Essex Gazette (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal supplement slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal supplement slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal supplement slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal supplement slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal supplement slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal supplement slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

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Jul 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal supplement slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 24, 1770)

Slavery Advertisements Published July 23, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 23 - Boston Evening-Post slavery 1
Boston-Evening Post (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - Boston-Gazette slavery 1
Boston Gazette (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - Boston-Gazette slavery 2
Boston Gazette (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury slavery 2
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 3
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury slavery 4
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury supplement slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury supplement slavery 2
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy slavery 1
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - New-York Gazette, or Weekly Post-Boy slavery 2
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy slavery 3
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (July 23, 1770)

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Jul 23 - Pennsylvania Chronicle slavery 1
Pennsylvania Chronicle (July 23, 1770)

Slavery Advertisements Published July 21, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 21 - Providence Gazette slavery 1
Providence Gazette (July 21, 1770)

Slavery Advertisements Published July 20, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 20 - Connecticut Journal slavery 1
Connecticut Journal (July 20, 1770)

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Jul 20 - New-London Gazette slavery 1
New-London Gazette (July 20, 1770)

Slavery Advertisements Published July 19, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 19 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 1
Maryland Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 2
Maryland Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 3
Maryland Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter slavery 1
Massachusetts Gazette and Weekly News-letter (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter slavery 2
Massachusetts Gazette and Weekly News-letter (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - New-York Journal slavery 1
New-York Journal (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - New-York Journal slavery 2
New-York Journal (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - New-York Journal slavery 3
New-York Journal (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Pennsylvania Gazette slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Pennsylvania Gazette slavery 2
Pennsylvania Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 3
Pennsylvania Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 4
Pennsylvania Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Pennsylvania Journal slavery 1
Pennsylvania Journal (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Pennsylvania Journal slavery 2
Pennsylvania Journal (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Pennsylvania Journal slavery 3
Pennsylvania Journal (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - South-Carolina Gazette slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - South-Carolina Gazette slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - South-Carolina Gazette slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - South-Carolina Gazette slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - South-Carolina Gazette supplement slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - South-Carolina Gazette supplement slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - South-Carolina Gazette supplement slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon slavery 6
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon slavery 7
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon slavery 8
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Rind slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Rind slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Rind slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Rind slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Rind slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (July 19, 1770)

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Jul 19 - Virginia Gazette Rind slavery 6
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (July 19, 1770)

Slavery Advertisements Published July 18, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 18 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette slavery 1
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (July 18, 1770)

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Jul 18 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette slavery 2
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (July 18, 1770)

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Jul 18 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette slavery 3
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (July 18, 1770)

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Jul 18 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette slavery 4
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (July 18, 1770)

Slavery Advertisements Published July 17, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 9
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 10
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 11
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

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Jul 17 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal slavery 12
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (July 17, 1770)

Slavery Advertisements Published July 16, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 16 - Boston Evening-Post slavery 1
Boston Evening-Post (July 16, 1770)

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Jul 16 - Boston-Gazette slavery 1
Boston Gazette (July 16, 1770)

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Jul 16 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 16, 1770)

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Jul 16 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury slavery 2
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 16, 1770)

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Jul 16 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury slavery 3
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 16, 1770)

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Jul 16 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury slavery 4
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (July 16, 1770)

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Jul 16 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy slavery 1
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (July 16, 1770)

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Jul 16 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy slavery 2
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (July 16, 1770)

Slavery Advertisements Published July 14, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 14 - Providence Gazette slavery 1
Providence Gazette (July 14, 1770)

Slavery Advertisements Published July 13, 1770

GUEST CURATOR: Parker Sears

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, Parker Sears served as guest curator for this entry. Working on this project fulfilled his 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.

Jul 13 - Connecticut Journal slavery 1
Connecticut Journal (July 13, 1770)

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Jul 13 - New-London Gazette slavery 1
New-London Gazette (July 13, 1770)