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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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Memorial from the North Carolina Yearly Meeting to the North Carolina General Assembly

(p.133) 9 1788
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

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

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