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Parris, Albion Keith (1788-1857) to John Andrew Shulze

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05191 Author/Creator: Parris, Albion Keith (1788-1857) Place Written: Portland, Maine Type: Printed document signed Date: 26 February 1824 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 24.6 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Printed resolution signed by Parris as Governor of Maine to Pennsylvania Governor John Andrew Shulze. Certified by A. Nichols as Maine's Secretary of State. First page claims he is passing along a copy of a resolution passed by the legislature of Maine and requested to be put before the Pennsylvania legislature. The resolution, passed on 17 February 1824, disapproves of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution put forward by the state of Georgia. The Georgia proposal said in part "That no part of the Constitution of the United States ought to be construed to authorize the importation or ingress of any person of color into any one of the United States, contrary to the laws of such States." See GLC04565.01, GLC04565.02 and 04521 for other documents related to Georgia's proposed Constitutional amendment.

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Government and CivicsUS ConstitutionUS Constitutional AmendmentLawSlaveryAfrican American HistoryImmigration and MigrationFugitive Slave ActRunaway Slave

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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