Freedom on the Move

Freedom on the Move is a new database from Cornell University that when released will feature free, online, searchable slave advertisements.

“The Freedom on the Move project answers this challenge by creating a database that digitizes, preserves, organizes, and enables analysis of all surviving runaway ads from the historical period of North American slavery. This database will be flexible enough not only to permit multiple kinds of analysis—biographical, textual, statistical, geographical—but even to allow types of analysis that we cannot yet imagine. Most importantly, both its creation and its use will be accessible to the general public.”


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