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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The Standing Committee of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting believed it was important to promulgate the true motives behind the manumissions. In their October 1777 assembly, the yearly meeting formally placed the statement adopted by the Standing Committee on the record. The statement asserted that “freedom is the Natural right of all Mankind, and that no Law Moral or Divine has given us a Right to or property in the persons of any of our fellow Creatures any longer than in a State of Minority…”

Keywords: Standing Committee; North Carolina Yearly Meeting; manumission; mankind; Negroes

Chapter.  578 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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