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Sale of real estate to settle debts, August 1747

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Last will and testament, August 1735

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Manumission of Peter Venter, August 1785

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Petition concerning discrimination on account of of race or color in certain cases, January 1870

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Petition of Citizens of this State for a law regulating the means of Conveyance by railroads, May 1848

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Petition to repeal the law on interracial marriages, 1878

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Petition regarding the law forbidding inter-marriage of whites with Negroes, Indians, and Mulatttoes, January 1872

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Petition asking for repeal of Statute forbidding the intermarriage of Whites and Blacks, January 1868

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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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Accounts of negro slaves enlisted into Continental Battalions, 1778

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

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Petition to Repeal the Fugitive Slave Act (Providence) transcription, February 1851

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

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An Act prohibiting the importation of negros into this Colony, November 1775

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An Act to prevent the Commander of any Privateer or Master of any other Vessel from carrying Slaves out of this Colony, June 1757

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Impact of Sugar Act on on West Africa trade and the Rhode Island economy, January 1764

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Petition for a law protecting school rights, January 1860

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Petition asking for Equal School Rights, January 1862

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Petition for school equal rights, 1864

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Petition for school equal rights, 1865

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Transcription of the Petition for equal school rights, 1862

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Transcription of the Petition for equal schooling, 1864

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Report of the Select Committee On Petitions relating to the Abolition of Slavery, 1839

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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.”

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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.

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