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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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Congress Debates the Pennsylvania Friends' Memorial

(p.162) 4 1797–1798
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

On 29 November 1797, when “The Memorial and Address of the People Called Quakers” was laid before the Senate of the United States, it was read and immediately ordered to lie on the table. The memorial provoked a heated argument and brought sectional tensions over the issue of slavery and its future in the United States. Southern representatives suggested that debating the morality of slavery undermined the loyalty of southerners to the union of the states. Pennsylvania congressman Albert Gallatin presented the Quaker memorial to the House of Representatives on 30 November 1797.

Keywords:   Congress, memorial, sectional tensions, morality, slavery, Quakers, Albert Gallatin

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