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Acts versus theeducation of servants South Carolina, 1740 and also Virginia, 1819 Citedin william Goodell. THE AMERICAN slave CODE IN THEORY and PRACTICE.pt 2. (New York: American & international Anti-Slavery Society, 1853). DINSMORE DOCUMENTATION, classics ON AMERICAN SLAVERY. Http://www.dinsdoc.com/goodell-1-2-6.htm
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Fearing the black literacy would prove a risk to theslave mechanism -- which relied top top slaves" dependence on master -- whitesin many colonies instituted laws forbidding servants to learn to read orwrite and also making it a crime for others come teach them.
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Excerpt from south Carolina plot of 1740Whereas, the having slaves teach to write, or experiencing them come beemployed in writing, may be attend with good inconveniences; be itenacted, the all and every person and persons whatsoever, who shallhereafter teach or cause any slave or slaves to be teach to write, orshall use or employ any type of slave together a scribe, in any manner that writingwhatsoever, hereafter taught to write, every such person or personsshall, for every together offense, forfeit the amount of one hundred pounds,current money.Excerpt indigenous Virginia Revised code of 1819 the all meetings or assemblages the slaves, or cost-free negroes or mulattoes mix andassociating with such slaves at any meeting-house or houses, &c., in thenight; or at any kind of SCHOOL OR institutions for teaching them analysis OR WRITING,either in the day or night, under whatsoever pretext, shall be deemedand taken into consideration an UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY; and also any righteousness of a county, &c.,wherein together assemblage shall be, one of two people from his own knowledge or theinformation of others, of together unlawful assemblage, &c., may issue hiswarrant, directed to any kind of sworn officer or officers, authorizing the orthem to enter the residence or homes where together unlawful assemblages, &c.,may be, because that the purpose of apprehending or dispersing such slaves, andto inflict corporal punishment on the offender or offenders, in ~ thediscretion of any kind of justice the the peace, not exceeding twenty lashes.
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