- Why would someone want to own someone else?
- What work might a enslaved person do for their owner? What does this advertisement tell us about slavery in the United States during the 1800s? Whose perspective does it show? Whose is missing?
- Compare this document to the image of the enslaved people on the "Wildfire" slave ship. How can the text of the advertisement help to understand the conditions of the people on slave ships?
"To be sold, on board the ship Bance Island, ... negroes, just arrived from the Windward & Rice Coast," ca. 1780. Courtesy of Library of Congress