The First Free State

The beginning of a new series looking at the ending of slavery in the North.  In many states it was a lengthy and convulted process.  Not so in Vermont where the constitution of 1777 abolished slavery outright:

THAT all men are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. Therefore, no male person, born in this country, or brought from over sea, ought to be holden by law, to serve any person, as a servant, slave or apprentice, after he arrives to the age of twenty-one Years, nor female, in like manner, after she arrives to the age of eighteen years, unless they are bound by their own consent, after they arrive to such age, or bound by law, for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like.

Thus the Green Mountain State has pride of place in abolishing slavery in this country.

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Published in: on September 19, 2010 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on The First Free State  
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