Slavery Advertisements Published February 14, 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 (February 14, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (February 14, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (February 14, 1771).

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New-York Journal (February 14, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (February 14, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (February 14, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 14, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 14, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published February 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.

South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (February 12, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published February 11, 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 Evening-Post (February 11, 1771).

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Boston Evening-Post (February 11, 1771).

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Boston-Gazette (February 11, 1771).

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Boston-Gazette (February 11, 1771).

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Boston-Gazette (February 11, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy (February 11, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 11, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 11, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 11, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 11, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 11, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 11, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published February 7, 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 (February 7, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (February 7, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (February 7, 1771).

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New-York Journal (February 7, 1771).

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New-York Journal (February 7, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (February 7, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 7, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (February 7, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published February 5, 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.

South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (February 5, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published February 4, 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 Evening Post (February 4, 1771).

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Boston-Gazette (February 4, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 4, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 4, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 4, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published February 1, 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-London Gazette (February 1, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published January 31, 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 (January 31, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (January 31, 1771).

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New-York Journal (January 31, 1771).

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New-York Journal (January 31, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (January 31, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Supplement to the South-Carolina Gazette (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (January 31, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published January 28, 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.

Massachusetts Spy (January 28, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (January 28, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (January 28, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (January 28, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (January 28, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (January 28, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (January 28, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (January 28, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published January 26, 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.

Providence Gazette (January 26, 1771).