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Handout E: Slavery Advertisement and Handbill

A Runaway Slave Advertisement, 1769

The Virginia Gazette; Williamsburg, September 14, 1769. Reproduction of newspaper. Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond

  1. What is this ad for, and who wrote it?

Anti-Abolitionist Handbill, 1837


  1. This poster mentions the “rights of the States.” What specific right does this mean?
  2. Is there a potential conflict between the “rights of the States” and “The Union forever!”?