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The Having of Negroes Is Become a BurdenThe Quaker Struggle to Free Slaves in Revolutionary North Carolina$
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Michael Crawford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034706

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034706.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden
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Michael J. Crawford

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034706.003.0001

George Walton, captain of a merchant ship from Perquimans County, North Carolina, who had only recently joined the Quakers, had a long, complex, and vivid dream during the night of 17 December 1772. This dream serves as a fitting introduction to the Quaker manumission movement in Revolutionary War-era North Carolina. The dream underscores the emotional aspects of the movement and touches on the themes of what motivated antislavery activists, the role of blacks as actors in their own history, the functions of leaders and followers in the antislavery movement, and the significance of the Society of Friends in that movement. The chapter shows how the consequences of this group's antislavery activism radiated out from a few individuals to the region, the state, and, eventually, the nation.

Keywords:   George Walton, North Carolina, Quakers, manumission, Society of Friends, antislavery activism

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