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Reproduced with permission from University of Alabama Press.

Mobile Commercial Register, June 16, 1832

Frontispiece from Slavery in Alabama, by James Benson Sellers (University of Alabama Press, 1950).

A Runaway Slave

The symbolic depiction of the fugitive slave appeared regularly in newspapers from the early days. The runaway was generally represented by a man (more rarely a woman) who carried a bundle on his shoulder in which he had presumably put food and a change of clothes.

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