The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden: The Quaker Struggle to Free Slaves in Revolutionary North Carolina

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“Make[s] use of hitherto unknown diaries and letters of George Walton (died 1789), a Quaker convert whose accounts of dreams and conversations with fellow Quakers provide an almost unique resource.”—Choice

 

“[O]ffer[s] detailed evidence of the varied efforts made by eastern North Carolina Friends to fight [re-enslavement] laws. . . . [Crawford] makes clear the toll of trying to pursue one’s principles (in the case of Quakers) or pursue one’s freedom (in the case of African Americans) within the repressive legal climate of late-eighteenth century North Carolina—and indeed the United States.”—Journal of American History

 

“Remarkable. . . complements the existing scholarly literature on the antislavery movement because it deals with a period, a place, and with people often ignored. It examines antislavery Quakerism in slaveholding North Carolina, and it allows the reader to become acquainted with antislavery active individuals other than the outstanding and well-known ones, especially George Walton. . . . An illuminating book that addresses a large audience thanks to its clarity.”—Southern Historian

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"Adds an important sharpness to a cloudily understood aspect of American history. Crawford helps bring Quaker history into the mainstream of a larger context, providing a compelling narrative of a region, a community, and a fascinating individual."--Emma J. Lapansky-Werner, Haverford College

 

"A thorough and often extraordinarily eloquent collection of documents from the struggle over emancipation and African-American freedom in the age of revolution."--Jon F. Sensbach, author of Rebecca's Revival

 

Michael Crawford presents the compelling story of colonial manumission movements among North Carolina Quakers in this illuminating volume. Embedding complete primary documents within the context of his own interpretive analysis, Crawford effectively shows how the consequences of this group's antislavery activism radiated out from a few individuals to the region, the state, and, eventually, the nation.

 

Students and scholars will be able to draw their own insights from the important documents presented in The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden, many of them obscure or recently discovered. Through diaries, petitions, legislative debates, and letters, well-known as well as unknown players in the struggle for manumission are allowed to tell their own stories in their own words. This approach has the effect of highlighting the personal motivation of figures both prominent and obscure in the movement.

 

 

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Michael Crawford is senior historian of the Naval History and Heritage Command. He is the author of thirteen books, including Seasons of Grace: Colonial New England’s Revival Tradition in Its British Context.

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