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Abolition of Slavery in Pennsylvania

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2005 was the 225th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In 1770 the legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania — the General Assembly had passed legislation prohibiting the importation of slaves, but this was disallowed by the Privy Council in London.

In 1701, when the General Assembly passed legislation imposing duty of 20 on every slave imported — thereby making it uneconomic to import slaves — the legislation was again disallowed by London.

 

In 1780 the General Assembly enacted an Act to abolish slavery in respect of people who were born in the future and provided for the gradual abolition in respect of existing slaves.

 

 

 

 

A copy of the early constitution of Vermont can be found at: The Avalon Project of the Yale Law School.


Links to pages dealing with the abolition of slavery in the USA:

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Abraham Lincoln

American Civil War

13th Amendment to the Bill of Rights

Massachusetts

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society

Vermont

Virgin Islands


Links to pages dealing with the abolition of slavery in other countries:

British campaign against slavery

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786-1846)

Thomas Clarkson  (1760-1845)

Denmark

Peter Van Scholten

Granville Sharp (1735-1813)

Slave Trade Act 1807

Slave Trade Act 1824

Slave Trade Act 1843

Slavery Abolition Act 1833

Joseph Sturge (1793-1859)

William Wilberforce  (1759-1833)


Links to other pages dealing with slavery:

Does slavery still exist?

SLAVERY SLAVE
TRADE
HUMAN
SACRIFICE

BONDED
LABOR

HIERODULIC
SERVITUDE

TRAFFICKING

CHILD
LABOR

  2003 by the Anti-Slavery Society. The text on any page may be reproduced provided that the source is acknowledged.  This does not apply to photos.