History comes to life in the pages of newspapers. The December 26, 1781, issue of the Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser, a recent gift to the Library by Prof. Ronald Rubin, is a prime example. An advertisement placed by Haym Salomon, the well-known Jewish Revolutionary War patriot, promotes Salomon’s financial services and identifies his place of business. Notices of lost cows, real estate, help wanted, and horses for sale, share space on the front page with ads for buying and selling slaves. The matter-of-fact tone of the ads for traffic in human beings, remind the contemporary reader that slavery was still legal in the North in the early part of the 1800s.
Posted by Shulamith Z. Berger