Slavery Advertisements Published May 24, 1768

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

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

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

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

May 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 24, 1768).

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May 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 24, 1768).

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May 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 24, 1768).

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May 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 24, 1768).

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May 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 24, 1768).

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May 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 24, 1768).

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May 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 2
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 24, 1768).

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May 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 3
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 24, 1768).

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May 24 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 4
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 24, 1768).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 23, 1768

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

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

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

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

May 23 - Boston-Gazette Slavery 1
Boston-Gazette (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - Boston-Gazette Slavery 2
Boston-Gazette (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - Connecticut Courant Slavery 1
Connecticut Courant (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - New-York Gazette Weekly Mercury Slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - New-York Gazette Weekly Mercury Slavery 2
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - New-York Gazette Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - New-York Gazette Weekly Mercury Supplement Slavery 2
Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - Newport Mercury Slavery 1
Newport Mercury (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - South Carolina Gazette Postscript Slavery 1
Postscript to the South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - South Carolina Gazette Postscript Slavery 3
Postscript to the South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - South Carolina Gazette Postsctipt Slavery 2
Postscript to the South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1768).

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May 23 - South Carolina Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1768).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 21, 1768

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

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

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

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

May 21 - Providence Gazette Slavery 1
Providence Gazette (May 21, 1768).

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May 21 - Providence Gazette Slavery 2
Providence Gazette (May 21, 1768).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 20, 1768

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

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

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

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

May 20 - Connecticut Journal Slavery 1
Connecticut Journal (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - New-London Gazette Slavery 1
New-London Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - New-London Gazette Slavery 2
New-London Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 5
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 6
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 7
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 8
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 9
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 10
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

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May 20 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 11
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1768).

Summary of Slavery Advertisements Published May 13-19, 1768

These tables indicate how many advertisements for slaves appeared in colonial American newspapers during the week of May 13-19, 1768.

Note:  These tables are as comprehensive as currently digitized sources permit, but they may not be an exhaustive account.  They includes all newspapers that have been digitized and made available via Accessible Archives, Colonial Williamsburg’s Digital Library, and Readex’s America’s Historical Newspapers.  There are several reasons some newspapers may not have been consulted:

  • Issues that are no longer extant;
  • Issues that are extant but have not yet been digitized (including the Pennsylvania Journal); and
  • Newspapers published in a language other than English (including the Wochentliche Philadelphische Staatsbote).

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Slavery Advertisements Published May 13-19, 1768:  By Date

Slavery Adverts Tables 1768 By Date May 13

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Slavery Advertisements Published May 13-19, 1768:  By Region

Slavery Adverts Tables 1768 By Region May 13

Slavery Advertisements Published May 19, 1768

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

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

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

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

May 19 - Massachusetts Gazette Slavery 1
Massachusetts Gazette (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - New-York Journal Slavery 1
New-York Journal (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - New-York Journal Slavery 2
New-York Journal (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 3
Pennsylvania Gazette (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Pennsylvania Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the Pennsylvania Gazette (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Pennsylvania Journal Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Journal (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Pennsylvania Journal Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Journal (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Purdie & Dixon] (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Purdie & Dixon] (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Purdie & Dixon] (May 19, 1768).

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May 19 - Virginia Gazette Purdie and Dixon Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Purdie & Dixon] (May 19, 1768).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 18, 1768

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

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

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

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

May 18 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 1
Georgia Gazette (May 18, 1768).

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May 18 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 2
Georgia Gazette (May 18, 1768).

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May 18 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 3
Georgia Gazette (May 18, 1768).

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May 18 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 4
Georgia Gazette (May 18, 1768).