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Pennsylvania. General Assembly. The constitution of the Pennsylvania Society, for promoting the abolition of slavery, and the relief of free Negroes, unlawfully held in bondage...

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05827 Author/Creator: Pennsylvania. General Assembly. Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Pamphlet Date: 1788 Pagination: 1 v. : 29 p. ; 20.2 x 12.4 cm.

Summary of Content: (title continues)... begun in the year 1774, and enlarged on the twenty-third of April, 1787 : to which are added, the acts of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, for the gradual abolition of slavery. Benjamin Franklin serves as President of the Society.

People: Pennsylvania. General Assembly
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: African American HistorySlaveryAbolitionReform Movement

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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