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

(p.82) 4 1774–1775
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 of 1774 and 1775. The 1774 Meeting expressed “all friends that find themselves under a burden and uneasiness on account of keeping them in slavery may set them at Liberty by applying to the monthly Meeting”. The 1775 Meeting concluded that the “Committee … being generally met and after much Conference finding that the alteration that at Present would give Ease of mind to several Friends, is that the Querie should Extend to a Prohibition of Either Buying or Selling Negroes.”

Keywords:   North Carolina Yearly Meeting, slavery, liberty, Negroes

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