Date of Award


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University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

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First Advisor

Professor Edward Sweat


The primary purpose of this study is to ascertain whether an examination of newspapers account, advertisements, notices, and general items regarding slavery could shed new light on the institution in the state of Georgia. Special attention has been given to runaway notices, advertisements of slaves for hire and for sale, as well as those items dealing with more general aspects of Georgia's institution. An attempt has been made to acquaint the reader with the various laws which governed the institution of slavery in Georgia.

Throughout the years 1850-1860 slavery played an important role in the life of antebellum Georgia. The state was constantly confronted with the problems of fugitive slaves. Georgia's economy was centered around the use of slave labor. The ownership of slaves afforded an individual with economic and social advantages.

The main sources of information were selected newspapers which included the Albany Patriot, Columbus Enquirer, Milledgeville Federal Union, Rome Courier, and the Savannah Daily Georgian. Federal census reports, Georgia laws and city ordinances were utilized. Additional information was obtained from the works of such historians as Kenneth Stampp, Ralph Flanders, Frederic Bancroft, Richard Wade, and U. B. Phillips.

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