Allison Meier // Freedom on the Move from Cornell University is the first major digital database of fugitive slave ads from North America.

A Database of Fugitive Slave Ads Reveals Thousands of Untold Resistance Stories – “Ironically, in trying to retrieve their property — the people they claimed as things — enslavers left us mounds of evidence about the humanity of the people they bought and sold,” Dr. Mary Niall Mitchell, professor of early American history at the University of New Orleans and one of the three lead historians on FOTM, told Hyperallergic. The other two historians are Joshua Rothman of the University of Alabama and Edward E. Baptist (author of the 2016 The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism) of Cornell University.

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