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Slavery in Pennsylvania

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” —William Penn Early Pennsylvania was not immune to the tragedy of slavery. Though the colony was established in 1682 with more general liberty and equality for all people than almost any government in world history, indentured servitude and slavery were not banned. The early citizens of William Penn’s “Holy Experiment” fought to eliminate the practices, and provided a much more “comfortable” existence for slaves than other colonies, but it was not until 1780 that the State Legislature began the gradual elimination🔒

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Jack H. Schick is a convinced Friend and a member of Richland Meeting in Quakertown, Pa., where he serves as historian and quarterly representative. He is a columnist for the Upper Bucks County Free Press, and regularly contributes to WryteStuff​.com, a writers’ website. Married 40 years, he is a parent of three and grandparent of one. He is employed in the wastewater treatment industry.


Posted in: Features, September 2012
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