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“Slavery became the lens through which Southerners looked at every question, the red dye that tainted every American conflict…. “North Carolina senator Nathaniel Macon suspected, as early as 1818, that ‘the passage of a bill granting money for internal improvements’ would also make ‘possible a bill for the emancipation of the negroes,’ and he ‘desired […]

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“The Supreme Court… decision in the Dred Scott case…¬† is the most important decision ever made by any Court in this country…. It fortifies as by a wall of brass the rights of the slaveholder in the States and in the common territories. “The idea of the abolitionists, that a slave is free as soon […]

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“In December 1852, William Pettigrew reported to a slaveholding correspondent, the town of Edenton, North Carolina, was still full of talk about a rebellion said to have been planned by Josiah Collins’s slaves in October. “Those¬† implicated had been sold to a trader and gathered into a coffle [that is, a line of slaves chained […]

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“The decline of the homicide rate came later in North Carolina than in New England or the Chesapeake, but by the mid-18th century it… also had a low rate …. “Indian warfare and political strife (including three rebellions against the colonial government) had periodically reduced the colony to lawlessness. But as racial slavery took hold […]

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