“...as good a boy as I own” refers to Milas, a slave owned
by Joseph Ross, who asked for his master’s permission to marry a slave girl
This website provides a glimpse into 19th
century slavery in
The site has six main sections: Medical, Daily Life, Advertisements, Propaganda, Commerce, and Legal. These categories were determined by the letters, bills, receipts, journals, ads, invoices, and other documents found in Special Collections. All the documents pertain to slavery and range from newspaper editorials, poems, hiring contracts, wills, ordinances, court cases, slave sales, inventories of Negroes, rules for owning slaves, and medicines used in the treatment of slaves.
We hope this website will encourage further study of
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