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Throughout the progressive period, in the course of the fight for liberty from nice Britain, american citizens up and down the Atlantic seaboard faced the injustice of preserving slaves. Lawmakers debated abolition, masters thought of liberating their slaves, and slaves emancipated themselves via working away. yet through 1800, of states south of latest England, merely Pennsylvania had extricated itself from slavery, the triumph, historians have argued, of Quaker moralism and the philosophy of usual rights. With exhaustive examine of person acts of freedom, slave escapes, legislative motion, and anti-slavery appeals, Nash and Soderlund penetrate underneath such wide generalizations and discover a extra advanced technique at paintings. Defiant runaway slaves joined Quaker abolitionists like Anthony Benezet and participants of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society to finish slavery and slave vendors shrewdly calculated easy methods to eliminate themselves from a morally bankrupt establishment with out pain monetary loss through releasing slaves as indentured servants, employees, and cottagers.

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When Elizabeth Fishbourne died in 1709, one year after her husband, she owned a slave man Jack, who had been hired out to a neighbor, another man Cull, his wife Betty, and their infant Cull. Ralph Fishbourne had also given two slaves to his son William. 69 Other early Chester slaveowners included James Sandelands, who lived in Pennsylvania prior to Penn's coming. He owned an old black woman, a young woman, and a child. Alice Trumain, an Aston Township widow with little inventoried wealth, owned a "Nagor" and two Scots servants.

While residents of rural areas died at an estimated average rate of 15 per thousand each year, the crude death rate for all Philadelphians, slave and free, generally ranged from 34 to 52 per thousand, primarily because a high proportion of city residents were recent immigrants, who had lived under harsh conditions on board ship, Slavery in the "Best Poor Man's Country" 25 were susceptible to diseases endemic to the new land, and brought other illnesses with them which in turn infected city residents.

G. Harris, "The Demographic Development of Colonial Philadelphia in Some Comparative Perspective," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 133 (1989): 274; adjusted to exclude Northern Liberties and Southwark. See n. 19 in this chapter for further discussion of sources. 16 FREEDOM BY DEGREES lowering in 1729 of the duty paid on each slave transported into Pennsylvania from £5 to £2 also spurred substantial importation of blacks. Quaker Ralph Sandiford attacked the increased trade in his pamphlet, A Brief Examination of the Practice of the Times (1729).

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