15 July 2016
Slave Ads -- New Database Coming from Cornell – Freedom on the Move
Another database, which is in the works, will hopefully soon be added to the collection – Freedom on the Move.
Throughout the 250-year history of slavery in North America, enslaved people tried to escape. Once newspapers were common, enslavers posted “runaway ads” to try to locate these fugitives. Such ads provide significant quantities of individual and collective information about the economic, demographic, social, and cultural history of slavery, but they have never been systematically collected. We are designing and beginning data collection for a database that will compile all North American slave runaway ads and make them available for statistical, geographical, textual, and other forms of analysis.
To make this vision happen, crowdsourcing will be needed! Hopefully details on how the community can participate will become available. We’ll keep you posted.
To learn more, I suggest you read In a digital archive of fugitive slave ads, a new portrait of slavery emerges.
What genealogy-related crowdsourcing projects are you aware of?
Editor’s Note: Check out past Upfront with NGS articles on crowdsourcing here.
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