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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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1779

New State Legislation Annuls the Superior Court's Judgment

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(p.126) 6 1779
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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/9780813034706.003.0019

During the 1778–1779 session, a joint committee of the legislature found that “the conduct of the said Quakers in setting their slaves free… was highly criminal and reprehensible,” and the legislature specifically legalized the seizures and sales in 1777 of the slaves freed by the Quakers. It also eliminated the six months' grace period the law had allowed for manumitted slaves to leave the state. The Act said “no person shall liberate his or her slave except for meritorious Services, to be judged of and allowed by the County Court.”

Keywords:   Quakers, meritorious services, County Court, slaves, liberation

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