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Selections from Alabama's Laws Governing Slaves

While slaveholders defended slavery as a benign system, this selection of laws, on the books in Alabama in 1833, suggest that slaves themselves were finding many ways to resist and escape it. Whites became particularly concerned about slave gatherings after Nat Turner and his followers undertook a violent uprising in Virginia in 1831. (These laws have been paraphrased to assist readers.)

SLAVE GATHERINGS 

RUNAWAY SLAVES 

FREE PERSONS OF COLOR

READING AND WRITING

Source | John G. Aikin, “A Digest of the Laws of the State of Alabama - 1833,” Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama, http://www.archives.alabama.gov/teacher/slavery/lesson1/doc1.html.
Creator | State of Alabama
Item Type | Laws/Court Cases
Cite This document | State of Alabama, “Selections from Alabama's Laws Governing Slaves,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 5, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1640.

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