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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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Pennsylvania Friends' Yearly Meeting Memorial to the Congress of the United States

(p.158) 3 1797
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

The Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting held in September 1797 presented to Congress a memorial touching on the situation in North Carolina. The memorial recalls the Continental Association that was adopted by the First Continental Congress in 1774 in response to the British Coercive Acts. The Continental Association consisted of a system of committees from the provincial down to the town level that was charged with enforcing an embargo on all trade with Great Britain and with promoting frugality. The memorial linked condemnations of slavery, playhouses, and excesses in celebrations of national holidays was no anomaly.

Keywords:   Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting, Continental Association, British Coercive Acts, First Continental Congress, frugality, slavery, playhouses

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