Chapter

Achieving Independence

Mark David Hall

in Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199929849
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980574 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929849.003.0004
Achieving Independence

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This chapter focuses on Sherman's work in the Continental and Confederation Congresses, particularly his role in drafting and defending the Articles of Confederation. It also explores his revision of Connecticut's laws in 1783. Of particular interest is a religious liberty statute drafted by Sherman and a law that gradually manumitted slaves in the state. Finally, it considers Sherman's participation in the case of Jack Arabas, a slave who served in the War for Independence.

Keywords: war; self-love; Connecticut; statutes; religious liberty; slavery; Articles of Confederation; Congress; religion; Richard Law; Pelatiah Webster; Jack Arabas

Chapter.  11729 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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