Slavery Advertisements Published April 9, 1770

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.

Apr 9 1770 - Boston Evening-Post Slavery 1
Boston Evening-Post (April 9, 1770).

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Apr 9 1770 - Boston-Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the Boston-Gazette (April 9, 1770).

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Apr 9 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (April 9, 1770).

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Apr 9 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 2
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (April 9, 1770).

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Apr 9 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 3
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (April 9, 1770).

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Apr 9 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 4
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (April 9, 1770).

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Apr 9 1770 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 1
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (April 9, 1770).

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Apr 9 1770 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 2
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (April 9, 1770).

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Apr 9 1770 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 3
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (April 9, 1770).

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Apr 9 1770 - Pennsylvania Chronicle Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Chronicle (April 9, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published April 7, 1770

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.

Apr 7 1770 - Providence Gazette Slavery 1
Providence Gazette (April 7, 1770).

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Apr 7 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 7, 1770).

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Apr 7 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 2
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 7, 1770).

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Apr 7 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 3
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 7, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published April 6, 1770

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.

Apr 6 1770 - New-Hampshire Gazette Slavery 1
New-Hampshire Gazette (April 6, 1770).

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Apr 6 1770 - New-Hampshire Gazette Slavery 2
New-Hampshire Gazette (April 6, 1770).

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Apr 6 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (April 6, 1770).

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Apr 6 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (April 6, 1770).

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Apr 6 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (April 6, 1770).

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Apr 6 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (April 6, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published April 5, 1770

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.

Apr 5 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 1
Maryland Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 2
Maryland Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 3
Maryland Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 4
Maryland Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 1
New-York Journal (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Pennsylvania Journal Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Journal (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Pennsylvania Journal Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Journal (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 2
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 3
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 4
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 5
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 6
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 7
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 8
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 9
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 10
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 11
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 12
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 6
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (April 5, 1770).

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Apr 5 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (April 5, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published April 4, 1770

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.

Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 1
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 2
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 3
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 4
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 5
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 6
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 7
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 8
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 9
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 10
Georgia Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 2
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette Gazette (April 4, 1770).

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Apr 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Supplement Slavery 3
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette Gazette (April 4, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published April 3, 1770

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.

Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 9
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 10
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 11
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 12
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 13
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 14
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 15
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 16
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 1
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

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Apr 3 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Supplement Slavery 2
Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (April 3, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published April 2, 1770

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.

Apr 2 1770 - Boston Evening-Post Slavery 1
Boston Evening-Post (April 2, 1770).

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Apr 2 1770 - Boston Evening-Post Slavery 2
Boston Evening-Post (April 2, 1770).

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Apr 2 1770 - Boston-Gazette Slavery 1
Boston-Gazette (April 2, 1770).

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Apr 2 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (April 2, 1770).

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Apr 2 1770 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 1
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (April 2, 1770).

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Apr 2 1770 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 2
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (April 2, 1770).

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Apr 2 1770 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 3
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (April 2, 1770).

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Apr 2 1770 - New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy Slavery 4
New-York Gazette or Weekly Post-Boy (April 2, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published March 30, 1770

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 30 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 10
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (March 30, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published March 29, 1770

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.

Mar 29 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 1
Maryland Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 2
Maryland Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 3
Maryland Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 4
Maryland Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 1
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 1
New-York Journal (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 2
New-York Journal (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Pennsylvania Journal Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Journal (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Virginia Gazette Supplement Rind Slavery 1
Supplement to the Virginia Gazette [Rind] (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Virginia Gazette Supplement Rind Slavery 2
Supplement to the Virginia Gazette [Rind] (March 29, 1770).

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Mar 29 1770 - Virginia Gazette Supplement Rind Slavery 3
Supplement to the Virginia Gazette [Rind] (March 29, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published March 28, 1770

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.

Mar 28 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 1
Georgia Gazette (March 28, 1770).

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Mar 28 1770 - Georgia Gazette Slavery 2
Georgia Gazette (March 28, 1770).

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Georgia Gazette (March 28, 1770).

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Georgia Gazette (March 28, 1770).