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5/14/19, 12:55 PM

Act allowing slaves to enlist in the Continental Battalion, May, 1788

3/16/18, 4:45 PM

Act allowing slaves to enlist in the Continental Battalion, February 1778

1/30/20, 4:13 PM

Act allowing slaves to enlist in the Continental Battalion, February 1778

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Act incorporating the Society for abolishing Slavery, June 1790

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Act repealing Part of the Act respecting the Manumission of Slaves, October 1785

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Act that T. Johnson be delivered to his master, October 1803

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Passed just one month after the Constitutional Convention, this law reaffirmed many Rhode Islanders’ objections to the practice of buying and selling enslaved Africans. The fact that the newly proposed Constitution did not prohibit slavery meant that many who were anti-slavery were also Anti-Federalist.

3/16/18, 4:45 PM

Acts related to the Manumission of Slaves, June 1767

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Rhode Island passed the earliest law prohibiting “perpetual servitude” in 1652. The law was largely ignored, leading to the passage of additional laws in the 18th century. This law states that people born after March 1784 will not be “servants for life or slaves.”

3/16/18, 4:45 PM

An Act for Disposing of Money raised in this Colony for Importing Negro Slaves, June 1729

3/16/18, 4:45 PM

An Act for laying a Duty on Negro Slaves that shall be Imported into this Colony, February 1711

3/16/18, 4:45 PM

An Act for the more speedy tryal of such Negro and Indians as shall be found Purloining and Stealing, September 9, 1718

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An Act in Amendment of Chapter 149 of the General Statutes  Of Marriage, January 1881

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An Act in amendment of the "An Act relative to Slaves, and their Manumission and Support", March 5, 1804

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An Act relating to the freeing of Molatto and Negro Slaves, February 1728

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An Act respecting equal access to public schools, January 1866

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An Act to prevent Persons keeping House within this Colony, from entertaining Indian, Negro, or Mulatto Servants or Slaves, 1750

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An Act to Revise Statutes on Public Instruction, January 1866

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12/16/19, 4:05 PM

Claim against Continental Treasury for purchase of slaves for army, June 1779

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Fugitive Slave Law Petition, February 1851

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General Treasurer to immediately discharge Notes to the Owners of Slaves who have enlisted, October 1778

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Last will and testament, August 1735

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Letter from Nathaniel Greene regarding what the blacks cost the State on behalf of the United States, August 2, 1779

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Letter regarding the inadequate pay for slaves in Colonel Greene's regiment, September 1779

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Letters to the Governor regarding Rhode Island making a great mart for slavery, 1745

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Manumission of Peter Venter, August 1785

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Masters of enlisted apprenticed slaves to receive the interest, and the Owners the Principal, March 1778

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