Slavery Advertisements Published September 27, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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, Chloe Amour served as guest curator for this entry.  She completed this work while enrolled in an independent study for HIS 390 – Digital Humanities Practicum at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts, in Spring 2021.

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

New-Hampshire Gazette (September 27, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 26, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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, Chloe Amour served as guest curator for this entry.  She completed this work while enrolled in an independent study for HIS 390 – Digital Humanities Practicum at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts, in Spring 2021.

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

Maryland Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (September 26, 1771).

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New-York Journal (September 26, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (September 26, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (September 26, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 24, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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.

Connecticut Courant (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 24, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 24, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 24, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 23, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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.

Supplement to the Boston-Gazette (September 23, 1771).

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Supplement to the Boston-Gazette (September 23, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 23, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 23, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 23, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 23, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 20, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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.

New-Hampshire Gazette (September 20, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 19, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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.

Maryland Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (September 19, 1771).

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New-York Journal (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 19, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 17, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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.

Connecticut Courant (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 17, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 16, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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.

Boston-Gazette (September 16, 1771).

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Boston-Gazette (September 16, 1771).

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Boston-Gazette (September 16, 1771).

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Newport Mercury (September 16, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 16, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 16, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 16, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 16, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 16, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 12, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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.

Maryland Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (September 12, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 12, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 10, 1771

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 about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – 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 purport to own enslaved people were still confronted with slavery as well as invited to maintain the system by purchasing enslaved men, women, and children or assisting in the capture of so-called “runaways” who sought to free themselves from bondage. 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 enslavers rather than enslaved people 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.

Connecticut Courant (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 10, 1771).