I saw a document signed by Massachusetts Governor, the first governor of Massachusetts. He told Massachusetts residents at the time (
The document became law of the land. Residents had to respect this bastard law or else, they would be cited. Three thousand people were living in town when the doctrine was spread across the hills. The governor’s hand-written document told people exactly what they were legally required to do with the enslaved. In this talk, Boston’s Public Historian explained the details.
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Skip forward 365 years into these six digital pages. You can absorb an expansive perspective on the matter by reading them.