Black American History: The Germantown Petition Against Slavery (Part 5)

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In 1688, in Pennsylvania, a group of four men created the Germantown Petition, which made the case that slavery was immoral, and that it was inconsistent with Christian beliefs in general, and Quaker beliefs specifically. While the petition wasn’t ultimately adopted by the Quaker hierarchy, examining the document and its authors’ goals gives us a better insight into slavery in the colonies and some of the earliest organized attempts at abolition.

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Preview (Part 0)

The Transatlantic Slave Trade (Part 1)

Slavery In The Colonies (Part 2)

Elizabeth Key (Part 3)

Slave Codes (Part 4)

The Germantown Petition Against Slavery (Part 05)


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