Slavery Advertisements Published October 6, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  Sean Duda

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.

Providence Gazette (October 6, 1770).

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Oct 6 1770 - Providence Gazette Slavery 1
Providence Gazette (October 6, 1770).

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Oct 6 1770 - Providence Gazette Slavery 2
Providence Gazette (October 6, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published October 5, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  Sean Duda

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.

Oct 5 1770 - New-London Gazette Slavery 1
New-London Gazette (October 5, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published October 4, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  Sean Duda

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.

Oct 4 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 1
Maryland Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 2
Maryland Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 1
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly Mercury (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 2
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly Mercury (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 3
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly Mercury (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 4
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly Mercury (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 1
New-York Journal (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 2
New-York Journal (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 3
New-York Journal (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (October 4, 1770).

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

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 6
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (October 4, 1770).

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Oct 4 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (October 4, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published October 3, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  Luke DiCicco

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.

Oct 3 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (October 3, 1770).

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Oct 3 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (October 3, 1770).

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Oct 3 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (October 3, 1770).

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Oct 3 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (October 3, 1770).

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Oct 3 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 5
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (October 3, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published October 2, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  Luke DiCicco

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.

Oct 2 1770 - Essex Gazette Slavery 1
Essex Gazette (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 9
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

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Oct 2 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal Slavery 10
South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (October 2, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published October 1, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  Luke DiCicco

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.

Oct 1 1770 - Boston Evening-Post Slavery 1
Boston Evening-Post (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - Boston Evening-Post Slavery 2
Boston Evening-Post (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - Boston-Gazette Slavery 1
Boston-Gazette (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - Boston-Gazette Slavery 2
Boston-Gazette (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - Boston-Gazette Slavery 3
Boston-Gazette (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - Boston-Gazette Slavery 4
Boston-Gazette (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy Slavery 1
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 2
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 3
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 4
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (October 1, 1770).

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Oct 1 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 5
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (October 1, 1770).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (October 1, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 29, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  Luke DiCicco

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.

Sep 29 1770 - Providence Gazette Slavery 1
Providence Gazette (September 29, 1770).

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Sep 29 1770 - Providence Gazette Slavery 2
Providence Gazette (September 29, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 27, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  Luke DiCicco

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.

Sep 27 1770 - Maryland Gazette Slavery 1
Maryland Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 1
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 2
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter Slavery 3
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 1
New-York Journal (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - New-York Journal Slavery 2
New-York Journal (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 1
Pennsylvania Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Pennsylvania Gazette Slavery 2
Pennsylvania Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 5
South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 6
South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 7
South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 8
South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - South-Carolina Gazette Slavery 9
South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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South-Carolina Gazette (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Purdie & Dixon Slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 1
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 2
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 3
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 4
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (September 27, 1770).

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Sep 27 1770 - Virginia Gazette Rind Slavery 5
Virginia Gazette [Rind] (September 27, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 25, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  AJ Crawford

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.

Sep 25 1770 - Connecticut Courant Slavery 1
Connecticut Courant (September 25, 1770).

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Sep 25 1770 - Essex Gazette Slavery 1
Essex Gazette (September 25, 1770).

Slavery Advertisements Published September 24, 1770

GUEST CURATOR:  AJ Crawford

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.

Sep 24 1770 - Boston Evening-Post Slavery 1
Boston Evening-Post (September 24, 1770).

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Boston Evening-Post (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - Boston-Gazette Slavery 1
Boston-Gazette (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - Boston-Gazette Slavery 2
Boston-Gazette (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - Masssachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy Slavery 1
Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 1
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 2
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 3
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 4
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 5
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury Slavery 6
New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 1
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 2
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 3
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1770).

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Sep 24 1770 - South-Carolina and American General Gazette Slavery 4
South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 24, 1770).