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 yearly meeting regularly sent memorials to the General Assembly seeking a change in the law of manumission that would protect the slaves they set free from re-enslavement. The version of these memorials submitted in 1788 was short and poignant and, borrowing language from the Declaration of Independence, combined appeals to the principles of the American Revolution with appeals to compassion and religion. One of the memorials explained “the two acts of the General Assembly now in force for the prohibition of the freedom of Slaves, which we humbly apprehend is in no wise Consistant with the principles of the Established Constitution, & contrary to the Declaration of Independence of the United.”

Keywords: General Assembly; manumission; re-enslavement; Declaration of Independence; American Revolution

Chapter.  516 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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