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Surname 1 History Essay Name Course Instructor Date Runaway slaves’ ads Introduction The purpose of this article is to study advertisements concerning runaway slaves in the dark days of slavery in America. Historical documentation reveals that slavery was not a walk in the park and many tried to flee the painful experiences. In cases where they disappeared, their masters sought for them and often recaptured them. However, those who managed to escape often took their masters' property albeit in small proportions to fend for themselves. A study into five ads reveals shocking facts about slavery. Williamsburg, Friday, September 24, 1736 In the first advert, a shoemaker has run away. 1 His owner seeks him and promises to reward those who provide information leading to his recovery. From the vagabond's description in the advertisement, it is clear that he is young. At only twenty years of age, he is a slave 1 Virginia Gazette (Parks) Williamsburg, Geography of slaves, September 24, 1736,
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Surname 2 confined to the oppressive life of the plantation. For one to get to this level, especially so young must be a challenging experience. Moreover, living at the farm means that he lived at his master's mercy, toiling to make income from which he hardly benefited. Possibly, the terrible experiences made him run away. Additionally, for his poverty, he took with him some items, not his. The advert says he took a horse and some things inclusive of shoemaking tools. In this case, he used the horse to help him run fast and the tools, to start a new trade elsewhere. Virginia Gazette (Parks), Williamsburg, October 22, 1736 Here, five slaves are missing. Just like in the first advert, they took with them something belonging to their master, a boat. Seemingly, they used the ship for fast escape and more
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