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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) The constitution of the Pennsylvania Society for promoting the abolition of slavery, and the relief of free negroes, unlawfully held in bondage. Begun in the year 1774, and enlarged on the twenty-third of April, 1787...

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07485.02 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Pamphlet Date: 1787 Pagination: 1 v. : 15 p. ; 19.8 x 12.8 cm.

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Summary of Content: (title continues)... To which are added, the acts of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, for the gradual abolition of slavery. Franklin was President of the society, and Benjamin Rush was one of two society secretaries. Includes "An Act to give relief to certain persons taking refuge in the state with respect to their slaves," authorizing those taking refuge in Pennsylvania to keep their slaves.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809
Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: African American HistoryAbolitionReform MovementSlaveryAmerican Statesmen

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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