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There are several online websites that showcase the newspaper advertisements offering rewards for the successful return of runaway slaves. For this assignment use only the following websites:

 

1)http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/search/collection/RAS

2)http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/explore.html

 

Prepare a two-paged double-spaced response paper highlighting the following observations. What do these advertisements tell us about the institution of slavery? The advertisements contain a considerable amount of specific information about the enslaved individual. Slave owners knew a great deal about their enslaved population and were willing to offer sizeable amounts of money to reward the return of their enslaved property. Why would enslaved populations runaway from plantations in mass? How did their mass exodus influence the American economy? Who brought back the enslaved runaways? What materials were used to assist slave catchers return escaped property? What industries did the enterprise of slave catching create? What do these documents reveal about the history of American race relations?

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