Runaway slave advertisements have become a significant resource for historical research and can provide information useful for genealogical researchers advertisements may include age, physical description, distinguishing characteristics, description of clothing, a given name and occasionally a family name, and a destination. The slave records are in turn linked to other people records, such as owners or people who posted the runaway ads the web publication is a subscription based product but you can still do some basic searching and you can request a trial subscription to check it out. 18th-century runaway slave advertisements these newspaper advertisements seeking runaway slaves offer interesting details about the individual lives of eighteenth-century slaves and their masters. (2) runaway slave advertisement placed by andrew jackson in the tennessee gazette, and mero district advertiser (nashville), 26 september 1804 the advertisement was reprinted at least four and perhaps as many as seven times over the following two months. A selection of runaway slave advertisements from the american anti-slavery almanac, 1838 a selection of runaway slave advertisements from the american anti-slavery almanac , 1838 at least two of the runaway slave advertisements specifically note the light complexions of the enslaved men who allegedly ran away.
The geography of slavery in virginia is a digital collection of advertisements for runaway and captured slaves and servants in 18th- and 19th-century virginia newspapers. The texas runaway slave project (trsp) is a database of runaway slave advertisements, articles and notices from newspapers published in texas the project has so far documented the names of over 2200 runaway slaves from texas. Runaway slave advertisements during the revolutionary war era introduction runaway advertisements and notices of committal are some of the most rewarding sources for ascertaining the movement, motivation, and destination of enslaved persons have have taken flight. This is a selection from lathan windley's book, runaway slave advertisements windley has researched and collected runaway slave ads from colonial america this excerpt gives examples of ads that were posted in south carolina newspapers.
Advertisement for runaway slaves runaway slaves and servants in colonial virginia contributed by tom costa runaway slaves and indentured servants were a persistent problem for landowners in colonial virginiathey fled from abusive masters, to take a break from work, or in search of family members from whom they had been separated. A round-up of databases of runaway slave advertisements shared by jessica marie johnson on twitter list (with additions from twitters users) below the fold: because i ran into so many in my course prep this morning: behold, a thread on runaway slave ad databases let's begin that's right, we. Runaway slave advertisement from antebellum virginia in this handbill from 1854, a virginia slaveowner advertises a large reward for the return of a 33 year-old enslaved man. Runaway slave ads were a reality in america as long as slavery existed appearing as broadsides and in newspapers, such ads offered monetary rewards from.
The result is that “runaway slave” advertisements are a rich source of information about the enslaved and slavery in eighteenth-century britain slavery sustained the united kingdom’s vast eighteenth-century empire, and many masters came home with some of the men, women, and children they held in. A historian collecting thousands of runaway slave ads describes them as “the tweets of the master class” in the 18th and 19th centuries. Runaway slave advertisements: a documentary history from 1730s to 1790, 4 volumes, compiled by the late l a windley 7 the volumes extracted advertisements of runaways from several newspapers issued in the south of the 18th century. Along with viewing where slaves lived, another way to try to help understand slavery, and how pervasive and diverse it was in american society in the first half of the nineteenth century, is to look at runaway slave advertisements.
Runaway slave advertisements the following are runaway slave advertisements from a variety of colonial newspapers as they appeared in print the boston newsletter, july 23, 1716 this is to give notice that on the 16th of july, 1716, runaway from his master. Runaway slave advertisements – a common sight in north american newspapers in the 18th and 19th centuries – are frankly disturbing they describe people as property, listing their physical attributes and family connections in chilling terms. Y slave advertisements runaway ads typically included four element formation to hasten the runaway’s capture, the reward offered, and the name of ampton she has lost a joint of one of her fingers of her right hand, vert a rted from gambia, in ewcastle the 5th of 1746—stephen. Runaway advertisements provide insight into the slave trade, both international and domestic, methods of slave resistance and rebellion, and the personal consequences for slaves for. Freedom on the move is a database of fugitives from north american slavery with the advent of newspapers in the american colonies, enslavers posted “runaway ads” to try to locate fugitives.
Runaway slave advertisement, state of new york, 9/15/1774 the advertisements also offer insight into the slaves themselves their physical characteristics, gender, and age from 1720-1781, roughly 60% of slaves sold were male, with the average age being 196 this shows that young males were the. Runaway advertisements were ubiquitous in southern newspapers, as the loss of a slave was a major economic blow to a planter for multiple reasons: not only did they lose the production value of the slave’s labor, but the slave him or herself was a valuable commodity. Runaway slave run away the 17th of october 1763, a likeyl young negroe man, this country born, named cain, and stature about five feet nine or ten inches he formerly belonged to mr thomas miles, and used to be a cattle-hunter at messrs miles’s cow-pen on the saltketchers.
Runaway slave advertisements becameshow more content the descriptions continue with physical accounts such as, a man of “a middle stature”, “a small, thin visage fellow”, and “low stature. Trends in the runaway slave advertisements by olivia carlisle the north carolina runaway slave advertisements project team has digitized over two thousand advertisements for fugitive slaves from newspapers across the state published between 1751 and 1840. 1 advertisements for runaway slaves (1767–1839) various newspapers the advertisements placed in southern newspapers offering rewards for the capture of runaway slaves indicate a great deal about the nature of slavery.