28 May 2008

Entry for July 09, 2007

Entry for July 09, 2007

On this day in history 1793, Vermont completed revisions to its constitution and became the first state in the United States to prohibit slavery. Chapter 1 Article 1 states "That all persons 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 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 arriving to the age of twenty-one years, unless bound by the person's own consent, after arriving to such age, or bound by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like." Go to this page to read about the history of slavery. (Originally posted in my Yahoo 360 blog)

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