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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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An Act to Amend an Act Entitled “An Act to Prevent Domestic Insurrections”

(p.135) 10 1788
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

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

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