Slave Catcher's Receipt
It is hard to imagine a time when an entire industry was built around people being considered property. This receipt for the return of an escaped slave makes that seem more real. But in many ways the receipt cannot be deciphered, which helps viewers learn that the historical record is often incomplete.
To learn more please explore students' research on the historical and cultural context surrounding this document, along with their reflections on the incompleteness of the historical record.