Escaped Ads New Hampshire

A dataset analyzing advertisements of escape published in the New Hampshire Sentinel between the years 1800 and 1815.

Project Goals

The Escaped Ads New Hampshire Project uses digitized copies of the New Hampshire Sentinel, collecting an expansive data set on “escape” in early nineteenth century New Hampshire as described in advertisements published in the New Hampshire Sentinel from 1800 to 1815.

This project hopes to create a people-first database to understand the agency and liberation of people in New Hampshire and the greater Northeast as part of the larger Recovering Black History in Keene project. The archive is filled with the names of the newspaper “subscribers”: people with the means to purchase a weekly newspaper subscription and in a position of power that allowed them to view a person as having run away from them. Recording the names of individuals whose lives and stories have historically been less privileged in the archive adds to the historical record of New Hampshire in a small but meaningful way. The ads in the Escaped Ads New Hampshire database share stories of resistance- stories that deserve to be highlighted and further understood.

How to Navigate this Site

To learn more about the project and how it was created:

To learn more about the historical context surrounding nineteenth-century New Hampshire, The New Hampshire Sentinel, and for further resources about the topic:

To view the data and download it, explore visualizations created using the data, and see examples of the different kinds of ads being posted about escape: