The Revolutionary War: The Abolition Of Slavery

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The Revolutionary War was an important spark for the eventual abolition of slavery which began in the northern states and lasted until the mid-19th century. After the war had ended, there was a decreased amount of slaves living in the 13 states due to attrition. In New Hampshire during the years of the war and after, the amount of slaves feel down from a statewide total of 674 to 46, which is a 93% decrease (Harper 1). In Pennsylvania, the state legislature passed the Gradual Abolition Act of 1780 which required slaveholders to register all their slaves, enabled the children of slaves to become indentured servants who could work for their freedom, and prohibited slaveowners moving to Pennsylvania from keeping their slaves for more than six
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