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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Despite the frustration that North Carolina Friends experienced when liberated slaves were re-enslaved, they continued to free slaves. In response, in 1788 North Carolina's legislature strengthened the enforcement provisions of the law forbidding manumissions unsanctioned by the courts. The new law, Act to Prevent Domestic Insurrections, rewarded not just freeholders (landowners) who apprehended improperly freed slaves, but also any freemen, freeholders or not, whose information led to the apprehension of such slaves. The act also required county sheriffs to act on such information freemen provided.

Keywords: North Carolina Friends; manumission; Act to Prevent Domestic Insurrections; freeholders; county sheriffs

Chapter.  692 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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