of Slavery in Massachusetts
is the 225th anniversary of the Declaration of Rights,
which is regarded as abolishing slavery in
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1780 the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
— the General Court —
enacted the Declaration of Rights
to the Constitution of the Commonwealth. The
Declaration refers to everyone being “born free
and equal”. It
did not expressly refer to slavery.
Beginning in 1781 there were a series
of cases concerning Jennison. In one of those
— Commonwealth v Jennison —
Chief Justice Cushing,
in his charge to the jury, stated:
slavery is in my judgment as
effectively abolished as it can be by the granting of
rights and privileges wholly incompatible and
repugnant to its existence.
case was never reported and appears only in the Chief
copy of the early constitution of Vermont can be found
Avalon Project of the Yale Law School.
to pages dealing with the abolition of slavery in the
Amendment to the Bill of Rights
to pages dealing with the abolition of slavery in other
campaign against slavery
Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786-1846)
Trade Act 1807
Trade Act 1824
Trade Act 1843
Abolition Act 1833
to other pages dealing with slavery:
slavery still exist?