Slavery Advertisements Published May 24, 1771

The Slavery Adverts 250 Project chronicles the role of newspaper advertising in perpetuating slavery in the era of the American Revolution. The project seeks to reveal the ubiquity of slavery in eighteenth-century life from New England to Georgia by republishing advertisements about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – in daily digests on this site as well as in real time via the @SlaveAdverts250 Twitter feed, utilizing twenty-first-century media to stand in for the print media of the eighteenth century.

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

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

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

Connecticut Journal (May 24, 1771).

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Connecticut Journal (May 24, 1771).

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Connecticut Journal (May 24, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 23, 1771

The Slavery Adverts 250 Project chronicles the role of newspaper advertising in perpetuating slavery in the era of the American Revolution. The project seeks to reveal the ubiquity of slavery in eighteenth-century life from New England to Georgia by republishing advertisements about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – in daily digests on this site as well as in real time via the @SlaveAdverts250 Twitter feed, utilizing twenty-first-century media to stand in for the print media of the eighteenth century.

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

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

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

Maryland Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (May 23, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (May 23, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 23, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 23, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 21, 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.

Essex Gazette (May 21, 1771).

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Essex Gazette (May 21, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 20, 1771

The Slavery Adverts 250 Project chronicles the role of newspaper advertising in perpetuating slavery in the era of the American Revolution. The project seeks to reveal the ubiquity of slavery in eighteenth-century life from New England to Georgia by republishing advertisements about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – in daily digests on this site as well as in real time via the @SlaveAdverts250 Twitter feed, utilizing twenty-first-century media to stand in for the print media of the eighteenth century.

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

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

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

Boston Evening-Post (May 20, 1771).

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Boston-Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy (May 20, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy (May 20, 1771).

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Newport Mercury (May 20, 1771).

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Newport Mercury (May 20, 1771).

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Newport Mercury (May 20, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 20, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 20, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 20, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 17, 1771

The Slavery Adverts 250 Project chronicles the role of newspaper advertising in perpetuating slavery in the era of the American Revolution. The project seeks to reveal the ubiquity of slavery in eighteenth-century life from New England to Georgia by republishing advertisements about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – in daily digests on this site as well as in real time via the @SlaveAdverts250 Twitter feed, utilizing twenty-first-century media to stand in for the print media of the eighteenth century.

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

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

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

Connecticut Journal (May 17, 1771).

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Connecticut Journal (May 17, 1771).

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Connecticut Journal (May 17, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 16, 1771

The Slavery Adverts 250 Project chronicles the role of newspaper advertising in perpetuating slavery in the era of the American Revolution. The project seeks to reveal the ubiquity of slavery in eighteenth-century life from New England to Georgia by republishing advertisements about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – in daily digests on this site as well as in real time via the @SlaveAdverts250 Twitter feed, utilizing twenty-first-century media to stand in for the print media of the eighteenth century.

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

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

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

Maryland Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly Mercury (May 16, 1771).

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New-York Journal (May 16, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (May 16, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 16, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 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.

Essex Gazette (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

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South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (May 14, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 13, 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 Gazette and Boston Post-Boy (May 13, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 13, 1771).

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New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 13, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 13, 1771).

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Supplement to the New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

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South-Carolina and American General Gazette (May 13, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 10, 1771

The Slavery Adverts 250 Project chronicles the role of newspaper advertising in perpetuating slavery in the era of the American Revolution. The project seeks to reveal the ubiquity of slavery in eighteenth-century life from New England to Georgia by republishing advertisements about enslaved people – for sale as individuals or in groups, wanted to purchase or for hire for short periods, runaways who liberated themselves, and those who were subsequently captured and confined in jails and workhouses – in daily digests on this site as well as in real time via the @SlaveAdverts250 Twitter feed, utilizing twenty-first-century media to stand in for the print media of the eighteenth century.

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

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

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

Connecticut Journal (May 10, 1771).

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Connecticut Journal (May 10, 1771).

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Connecticut Journal (May 10, 1771).

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Connecticut Journal (May 10, 1771).

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Connecticut Journal (May 10, 1771).

Slavery Advertisements Published May 9, 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 (May 9, 1771).

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Maryland Gazette (May 9, 1771).

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Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (May 9, 1771).

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New-York Journal (May 9, 1771).

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Pennsylvania Journal (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 9, 1771).

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Virginia Gazette [Rind] (May 9, 1771).