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Slavery in colonial newspapers


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Slavery in colonial newspapers

  1. 1. Fugitive Slaves in Colonial Newspapers By: Bryan Poepperling
  2. 2. American Slavery <ul><li>The first slave in Virginia in 1619 </li></ul><ul><li>problems between slave and master </li></ul><ul><li>Who was the “better buy” for a southern plantation owner </li></ul>
  3. 3. Young Black Male Slaves <ul><li>A more valuable asset to the work force </li></ul><ul><li>A greater risk to owners </li></ul><ul><li>More rebellious in nature, and ran away more often </li></ul>
  4. 4. Highest Sellers <ul><li>Black male Slaves </li></ul><ul><li>Skilled and Semi-Skilled </li></ul><ul><li>Skilled slaves had tools and means to run away </li></ul>
  5. 5. Slave Women <ul><li>Not much alarm for rebelliousness </li></ul><ul><li>Field and domestic work kept women from running away </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely would slave mothers run away </li></ul>
  6. 6. Colonial Newspapers <ul><li>Runaways were described as mid-aged black males </li></ul><ul><li>age, size, build, height, or scars on their bodies </li></ul><ul><li>quick-witted, intelligent, deceptive, and calculating </li></ul>
  7. 7. Vying for Control <ul><li>slaves were vicious, turbulent, and violent </li></ul><ul><li>Strict, consistent management was necessary </li></ul><ul><li>control problems and a significant loss in time and money </li></ul>
  8. 8. Summary <ul><li>Runaways were mid-aged, courageous, intelligent male slaves </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers were flooded with ads for runaways </li></ul><ul><li>The problems with runaways never ceased </li></ul>