A Runaway a Day 4 (of 5)

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Some advertisements revealed details about the person’s history and situation, as well as their physical characteristics and possessions. This affords an avenue for further…

A Runaway a Day 3 (of 5)

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Some runaways took only the clothing they had on, and lacked even a complete ensemble. Running away without shoes shows either desperation or determination….

A Runaway a Day 2 (of 5)

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For some reason not all advertisements included the name of the missing person. Whether this showed an impersonal knowledge on behalf of the master,…

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A Runaway a Day 1 (of 5)

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Throughout the eighteenth century, newspapers advertised servants, slaves, soldiers, spouses and others who had fled from contractual obligations. The advertisements give us remarkable textual…

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The funniest thing?

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What’s the funniest thing you’ve come across in researching this period?   In Paris, while negotiating the treaty with France, Ben Franklin stopped for…

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Throughout the American Revolution, opposing armies fought a common enemy. Primary documents on both sides are full of complaints, descriptions and responses to the…

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