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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During the 1778–1779 session, a joint committee of the legislature found that “the conduct of the said Quakers in setting their slaves free… was highly criminal and reprehensible,” and the legislature specifically legalized the seizures and sales in 1777 of the slaves freed by the Quakers. It also eliminated the six months' grace period the law had allowed for manumitted slaves to leave the state. The Act said “no person shall liberate his or her slave except for meritorious Services, to be judged of and allowed by the County Court.”

Keywords: Quakers; meritorious services; County Court; slaves; liberation

Chapter.  632 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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