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1. Brown, Jr., Prince. "A New Database Tool for Studying Slavery and the Underground Railroad" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2020-02-29 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This presentation will describe and model a new database tool for researching slavery, the foundation institution/economy in American cultural history; with a specific focus on the self-liberation, social movement labeled the Underground Railroad (UGRR). Recently, researchers have begun to make use of a valuable, but long neglected source of information about slavery: the thousands of ads placed in colonial-era newspapers intended to affect the capture of runaways. The existence of the ads signals the centrality of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the economic development of the United States; even as their status as a commodity, to be exchanged, limited their own economic empowerment in a system made possible only by their forced presence. This work extracts, organizes/codes the data in the ads into a form readily suitable for interpretation and analysis using a wide range of qualitative and statistical techniques. The goal is to make this unique database the most comprehensive such tool available to researchers regardless of field of interest. It is expandable and correctable; therefore making possible the on-going addition of cases. One goal is to have the database include data from all recorded runaway cases; currently there are 18,000 individuals in it. This presentation will highlight variables (reward amounts for runaways, enslaved occupations) in the database which call attention to the role of enslaved persons in the economic history of the United States.

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