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Delaware Forbids Importing of Africans

Delaware makes it illegal to enslave imported Africans.

Pennsylvania Begins Gradual Emancipation

Pennsylvania begins gradual emancipation.

Massachusetts Includes Freedom Clause in Constitution

A freedom clause in the Massachusetts constitution is interpreted as an abolishment of slavery. Massachusetts enfranchises all men regardless of race.

An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery

An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery enabled a ruling on the management and treatment of Negroes and mulattoes in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania General Assembly Passes Act

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passes An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery, one of the earliest laws enacted by an elected body to abolish slavery.

Gradual Emancipation Act

Gradual Emancipation Act passed in Pennsylvania to appease slave owners in the abolition of slavery.

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