Chapter

1797–1798

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034706.003.0028
1797–1798

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On 29 November 1797, when “The Memorial and Address of the People Called Quakers” was laid before the Senate of the United States, it was read and immediately ordered to lie on the table. The memorial provoked a heated argument and brought sectional tensions over the issue of slavery and its future in the United States. Southern representatives suggested that debating the morality of slavery undermined the loyalty of southerners to the union of the states. Pennsylvania congressman Albert Gallatin presented the Quaker memorial to the House of Representatives on 30 November 1797.

Keywords: Congress; memorial; sectional tensions; morality; slavery; Quakers; Albert Gallatin

Chapter.  8384 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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