DIGITAL: Databases of Runaway Slave Advertisements

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:

“First: Kudos to who compiled this list of sites collecting runaway ads – On the lives of fugitives: Runaway slave advertisement databases | HASTAC.Thank you for bringing these (several I’ve used for over a decade) into one place.”

The List (last updated 2018 April 20)

Several Twitterstorians chimed in to add their additions and corrections:

  • From Krystal Appiah — “This is the database is where I found the ad about the captured “fugitive” black man who had been living as a woman for a number of years.” and From Robin Katz: “For ideas on how to use runaway slave ads in a classroom, this exercise pairs ads wJohn Hope Franklin’s “Profile of a Runaway.” Students determine if individual ads illustrate or complicate his argument about the “typical” runaway:” Are we missing any? Add more in the comments. Image Reference NW0325 Source Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-62797 Comments Reward of $ 200 for the return of a runaway family of 5; the father, mother, and 3 children. //$200 Reward. Ranway from the subscriber, on the night of Thursday, the 30th of September. FIVE NEGRO SLAVES, To-wit: one Negro man, his wife, and three children…” St. Louis, October 1, 1847 as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details) http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/detailsKeyword.php?keyword=st.%20louis&recordCount=11&theRecord=7From Robin Katz: “For ideas on how to use runaway slave ads in a classroom, this exercise pairs ads wJohn Hope Franklin’s “Profile of a Runaway.” Students determine if individual ads illustrate or complicate his argument about the “typical” runaway:” Are we missing any? Add more in the comments.Image Reference NW0325 Source Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-62797 Comments Reward of $ 200 for the return of a runaway family of 5; the father, mother, and 3 children. //$200 Reward. Ranway from the subscriber, on the night of Thursday, the 30th of September. FIVE NEGRO SLAVES, To-wit: one Negro man, his wife, and three children…” St. Louis, October 1, 1847 as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details) http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/detailsKeyword.php?keyword=st.%20louis&recordCount=11&theRecord=7
  • Image Reference NW0325 Source Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-62797 Comments Reward of $ 200 for the return of a runaway family of 5; the father, mother, and 3 children. //$200 Reward. Ranway from the subscriber, on the night of Thursday, the 30th of September. FIVE NEGRO SLAVES, To-wit: one Negro man, his wife, and three children…” St. Louis, October 1, 1847 as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details) http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/detailsKeyword.php?keyword=st.%20louis&recordCount=11&theRecord=7
  • Image Reference NW0325 Source Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-62797 Comments Reward of $ 200 for the return of a runaway family of 5; the father, mother, and 3 children. //$200 Reward. Ranway from the subscriber, on the night of Thursday, the 30th of September. FIVE NEGRO SLAVES, To-wit: one Negro man, his wife, and three children…” St. Louis, October 1, 1847 as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details) http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/detailsKeyword.php?keyword=st.%20louis&recordCount=11&theRecord=7
  • From Robin Katz: “For ideas on how to use runaway slave ads in a classroom, this exercise pairs ads wJohn Hope Franklin’s “Profile of a Runaway.” Students determine if individual ads illustrate or complicate his argument about the “typical” runaway:” Are we missing any? Add more in the comments.Image Reference NW0325 Source Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-62797 Comments Reward of $ 200 for the return of a runaway family of 5; the father, mother, and 3 children. //$200 Reward. Ranway from the subscriber, on the night of Thursday, the 30th of September. FIVE NEGRO SLAVES, To-wit: one Negro man, his wife, and three children…” St. Louis, October 1, 1847 as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details) http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/detailsKeyword.php?keyword=st.%20louis&recordCount=11&theRecord=7

From Robin Katz: “For ideas on how to use runaway slave ads in a classroom, this exercise pairs ads wJohn Hope Franklin’s “Profile of a Runaway.” Students determine if individual ads illustrate or complicate his argument about the “typical” runaway:” Are we missing any? Add more in the comments.

Image Reference NW0325 Source Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-62797 Comments Reward of $ 200 for the return of a runaway family of 5; the father, mother, and 3 children. //$200 Reward. Ranway from the subscriber, on the night of Thursday, the 30th of September. FIVE NEGRO SLAVES, To-wit: one Negro man, his wife, and three children…” St. Louis, October 1, 1847 as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details) http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/detailsKeyword.php?keyword=st.%20louis&recordCount=11&theRecord=7

  • and From Robin Katz: “For ideas on how to use runaway slave ads in a classroom, this exercise pairs ads wJohn Hope Franklin’s “Profile of a Runaway.” Students determine if individual ads illustrate or complicate his argument about the “typical” runaway:” Are we missing any? Add more in the comments. Image Reference NW0325 Source Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-62797 Comments Reward of $ 200 for the return of a runaway family of 5; the father, mother, and 3 children. //$200 Reward. Ranway from the subscriber, on the night of Thursday, the 30th of September. FIVE NEGRO SLAVES, To-wit: one Negro man, his wife, and three children…” St. Louis, October 1, 1847 as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details) http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/detailsKeyword.php?keyword=st.%20louis&recordCount=11&theRecord=7

From Robin Katz: “For ideas on how to use runaway slave ads in a classroom, this exercise pairs ads wJohn Hope Franklin’s “Profile of a Runaway.” Students determine if individual ads illustrate or complicate his argument about the “typical” runaway:” Are we missing any? Add more in the comments.

EDIT: Still adding –

Image Reference NW0325 Source Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-62797 Comments Reward of $ 200 for the return of a runaway family of 5; the father, mother, and 3 children. //$200 Reward. Ranway from the subscriber, on the night of Thursday, the 30th of September. FIVE NEGRO SLAVES, To-wit: one Negro man, his wife, and three children…” St. Louis, October 1, 1847 as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. (Click image for details) http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/detailsKeyword.php?keyword=st.%20louis&recordCount=11&theRecord=7

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