Mapping 1850

Upon mapping the places slaves left, where their masters thought they were going to, and where they were eventually caught, several interesting things can be learned from the Telegraph, Standard, and Gazette slave ads. In the Telegraph, slaves left from a more western area, the master proposed that they were traveling east, and they were…

Ngrams for 1850

The Ngrams for the slave ads reveal several interesting features.  Since the Gazette, in 1850, has the largest number of ads, its Ngrams are almost always larger than the other papers.  The only exception to this is the word “negro” in the Standard which is used significantly more than the other papers.  For the word…