Run­away Slaves run­aways.gla.ac.uk

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To Bri­tain’s shame, slav­ery flour­ished in the 18th Cen­tury, but some of the peo­ple who were en­slaved bravely chal­lenged their sta­tus and ran away. This prompted many mas­ters and own­ers to ad­ver­tise in news­pa­pers for their cap­ture and re­turn, and this web­site brings to­gether more than 800 of those ads. The re­sult is a fascinating his­tor­i­cal re­source that lets you browse or search a quick-load­ing data­base and see the orig­i­nal ad­verts along with full tran­scrip­tions, for clar­ity. Else­where, there’s a Bri­tish map of nine run­away ads and three ‘for sale’ no­tices, as well as lots of info about the ad­mirable work that has gone into the pro­ject.

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