Wenches Wives and Servant Girls
Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls, A Selection of Advertisements for Female Runaways in American Newspapers, 1770-1783 By Don N. Hagist. In an age when people could be owned by others, newspaper advertisements provided detailed descriptions of those who absconded. These verbal images are often the only surviving information on countless thousands of common, working class people. The 400 advertisements presented here describe females who were advertised in America during the era of the Revolutionary War, presenting a striking picture of the wenches, wives and servant girls who formed a substantial but largely forgotten segment of the population in colonial America. ISBN 978-1-893832-17-6 6 x 9, 265 pages, illustrations, glossary.