The future president gave a detailed description: A “Mulatto Man Slave, about thirty years old, six feet and an inch high, stout made and active, talks sensible, stoops in his walk, and has a remarkable large foot, broad across the root of the toes — will pass for a free man …” Jackson, who would become the country’s seventh commander in chief in 1829, promised anyone who captured this “Mulatto Man Slave” a reward of $50, plus “reasonable” expenses paid.
The purpose is to alert the surveillance system that was the entire body of white people in the South to help this individual recover this human property.” The ads often describe in detail the runaways: their skills, missing teeth, height, weight.
The ads also provide a sense of resistance and defiance, along with harsh punishments.
The reward for Sandy was listed at $40.
The ad promised a reward of $35 for “anyone who will bring back slave to his master.” Hitler refused to use sarin gas during WWII.