After slavery, find lovers in popular advertisements.

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After slavery, find lovers in popular advertisements.

During the decline of the civil war, such advertisements began to appear in newspapers all over the country:

“A mother wants information about her child.

Now live in California maris, Mrs Elizabeth Williams had a little John and Petty (John Petty) live together, and their children, William, Allen and parker, they live in about six miles from the town of woodbury, franklin county, Tenneesee. She was sandy hook’s wife and was known as Betsy, sometimes called Betsy Petty.

“About twenty-five years ago, my mother was sold to Mr Stroud, about 12, 14 years later, she was he bought a second time, was taken to Arkansas, she had never seen the above but, anyone concerned about their information will be a love for her children infected people regain in return, but this man has long been in bondage slaves.

In the “war”, “slavery” and “liberation” and separation of the African American people with family, has more than 900 letters “wanted” notice in a group called “looking for the family after the slavery was last seen:” projects are digital, this is villanova university graduate student course and mother bethel African methodist church in Philadelphia.

These advertisements, from 1863 to 1902, came from six newspapers: the Christian recorder of Philadelphia, the newspaper of the AME church; New Orleans black republicans, Nashville’s color Tennessee, Charleston, south Carolina leaders, in Galveston, Texas colored citizens of free press and Cincinnati.

“It’s important to think about that moment when slavery really seems to be breaking down, and that opens up opportunities for those who are fleeing or who have recently been released to start a long process. Try to find family members who are separated, “said Judith giesberg, who supervised the project and directed the villanova graduate history project.

Margaret Jerrido of bethel’s mother’s archive, a partner in the project, is believed to be the first partner of the project. She transcribed hundreds of newspaper advertisements. “I write down many advertisements are all brothers and sisters looking for each other, but when I found a mother is looking for a child, I had to stop, blinking your eyes a little, because it is more than a little bit and said:

The project began in August last year, and Mr. Giesberg says he hopes to stay at least through the summer. It relies on graduate students and volunteers to transcribe advertisements.

“I think the advertising is the most unusual is that they are only a few lines, but in terms of these lines, and they bring people together as a family, this is a family live together the momentary snapshot and exists as a unit, their name, place and date, so each one is a small, beautiful, family history,” burgess said. “These ads come from the mouths of these people who claim that the family already exists.”

In some cases, these ads represented a deep family relationship through civil war and beyond slavery. In some cases, the ads were placed only after family members had been in contact for decades.

So far, most of the ads have come from Christian tape recorders, which have spread across the country through the influential AME church. Black news giants such as the Chicago guard have not been excavated. But this was founded in 1905, “defenders” (The Defender) this newspaper, is still issue these ads in The 1910 s – liberation announced after half a century – raise The postwar era, with different Angle Giesberg pointed out.

“It makes you think about the generation that grew up after the civil war really wanted to get away from slavery and want to forget that,” she said. “these ads were published in these newspapers 50 years later.”

Of the 915 ads in the current database, only two have so far been identified as the result of suggesting family reunions. But providing a tool for historians – and finding consistent evidence – is not the only goal of the project.

“Advertising is also doing another important service, which is to remember the families that were lost during slavery,” said giesberg.

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