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The Constitution of the Pennsylvania Society for ... the Abolition of Slavery

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06836 Author/Creator: Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Pamphlet Date: 1788 Pagination: 29 p. 20.2 x 12.4 cm

Summary of Content: Rest of title: "and the relief of free Negroes, unlawfully held in bondage, begun in the year 1774 and enlarged... To which are added the Acts of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania for the gradual abolition of slavery." First edition, printed by Francis Bailey. The Second year's Constitution of the Society. Disbound. Evans 21831.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: AbolitionReform MovementAfrican American HistorySlaveryLawGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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