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North Carolina. Constitutional Convention (1865) An ordinance prohibiting slavery in the State of North Carolina.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06079 Author/Creator: North Carolina. Constitutional Convention (1865) Place Written: North Carolina Type: Broadside Date: 1865 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.5 x 16.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Ordinance No. 16, introduced by Mr. Settle. Declares, "... it is hereby declared and ordained, That Slavery and involuntary servitude, otherwise than for crimes, whereof the parties shall have been duly convicted, shall be, and is hereby forever prohibited within the State."

Background Information: The North Carolina Convention of 1865-66, called by the Provisional Governor on orders of the President, nullified secession and abolished slavery, with voters approval, in 1865. It also drafted a revised ...Constitution in 1866.See More

People: North Carolina. Constitutional Convention, 1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: ReconstructionSlaveryIndentured ServantAfrican American HistoryLawAbolitionState ConstitutionPrisoner

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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