Michael J. Crawford

in The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034706
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038346 | DOI:

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Suspicious of the Quakers' Loyalist leanings and fearful of slave rebellion, the North Carolina government reacted in alarm when Friends began setting slaves free and introduced a law called the Act to Prevent Domestic Insurrections. The legislature, to counteract the manumission movement, authorized any freeholder to apprehend illegally freed slaves to be delivered to the county sheriff, who was to sell them at the next session of the county court. As an incentive, one-fifth of the sale price went to the freeholders who apprehended the freed slaves; the balance went into the state treasury.

Keywords: North Carolina government; legislature; Act to Prevent Domestic Insurrections; manumission; freeholders

Chapter.  809 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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