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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Thomas Nicholson wrote a letter in which he harshly rebuked to a man who had informed the state authorities of the identity or location of slaves that Nicholson had privately freed. He asked the person “can law, human law, change the nature of things? Can it change darkness into light, or evil into good?” He asserted that “you justify yourselves under the pretended sanction of a cruel and barbarous human law, which is a violation of the present constitution, and a shame and reproach to our great pretensions to liberty and freedom.”

Keywords: Thomas Nicholson; letter; human law; constitution; liberty

Chapter.  731 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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