S05 E19: The Fugitive Slave Advertisements Database with Dr. Shaun Wallace

Did you have a family member disappear during slavery? Do you think they ran and went into hiding? As we close out Black History Month we always have to throw a little genealogical research in the mix.

Dr. Shaun Wallace (Bristol University, UK) joined the show to talk about a project he has been working on for the past few years: The forthcoming Fugitive Slave Advertisement Database.

The database will host United States newspaper “runaway ads” enslavers posted to try and locate enslaved people who made their bid for freedom. Dr. Wallace spoke about the history behind these ads, as well as the types of information the ads contained – including genealogically useful clues.

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