I am seeking a slave

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For hundreds of years, some of the best sources of information about life under slavery in the United States came from autobiographies published by former slaves. From Frederick Douglass to Solomon Northup, these narratives shed light on the horrors and atrocities suffered by millions of people with mundane regularity.

But while their stories are important in documenting the history of slavery, they represent just a miniscule fraction of the people who were enslaved in the U. Now, a group of historians are working on compiling an archive of biographical information of many slaves gleaned from a strange source: fugitive slave . Fugitive slave are an ironic source of details about the lives of slaves who might otherwise be lost to history. Even George Washington took out an advertisment to recapture one of his slaves.

Ironically, these have become an important resource for historians trying to learn more about the lives of slaves who they would otherwise know nothing about. For decades, historians have looked to wanted posted by slave owners to glean details and insights into the lives of slaves that might not have been available elsewhere.

While the level of detail varies from ad to ad, in many cases the slave owners would publish all sorts of descriptions and personal details about the escaped slaves, such as if they might have been headed for another plantation where they had family, or if they took their children with them when they ran. Now, Rothman and a small collective of colleagues are trying to compile as many of them as they can in one archive that they call Freedom on the Move. The volume of these coupled with the fact that they have so far been scattered in collections around the country makes them hard to survey on a large scale.

By comparing these on a larger scale, Mitchell hopes that they will be able to see patterns in the stories of escaped slaves, like what times of year most people fled, or whether waves of escapes correlated with political events and economic trends. The archive is still a work in progress, and Mitchell and her colleagues have been reaching out to other researcher and educators for help transcribing the tens of thousands of they have already collected. They hope that in the future the archive will become a resource for researchers looking to study the movement of escaped slaves across the U.

And the more we find, the more constant it clearly was. Danny Lewis is a multimedia journalist working in print, radio, and illustration. Danny is based in Brooklyn, NY. An ad looking for a woman named Fanny who escaped along with her daughter. The 7-year-old girl is described as a mulatto, which could suggest she is the daughter of the slaveowner seeking them out.

Courtesy of Freedom on the Move For hundreds of years, some of the best sources of information about life under slavery in the United States came from autobiographies published by former slaves. Courtesy of Freedom on the Move For decades, historians have looked to wanted posted by slave owners to glean details and insights into the lives of slaves that might not have been available elsewhere. Courtesy of Freedom on the Move.

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