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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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Evolution of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting's Policy on Slave Trading

(p.76) 2 1768–1773
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents extracts from the Minutes of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting from 1768 to 1773. The 1768 Meeting advised “all friends to be careful not to buy or Sell in any Case, that can be reasonably avoided…” The 1769 Meeting concluded “absolute Prohibition” in purchasing Negroes. The 1770 Meeting requested Friends to “bear a faithful Testimony against the Iniquitous Practice of Importing Negroes.” The 1772 Meeting explained providing “Natural Right to Liberty and freedom” to Negroes having “Secret Satisfaction” in their minds of having used their best endeavor.

Keywords:   North Carolina Yearly Meeting, Negroes, freedom, liberty, satisfaction, prohibition

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