Facts: Pennsylvania’s 1780 Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery predated the Constitution by 11 years. It predated Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation by 83 years and it predated the 13th amendment by 85 years.
Pennsylvania’s emancipation act also preceded the end of slavery by more than 230 years (and counting) in the handful of countries where slavery is still practiced today.
And, Pennsylvania’s 1780 emancipation act was implemented without triggering an internal war or rebellion.
Question: Is it really a good idea for Pennsylvanians to rely on the federal government or United Nations to protect our rights?
Trivia: The clerk of the General Assembly when Pennsylvania passed this act was none other than Thomas Paine, of “Common Sense” fame.
Steve Palmer is the State Chapter Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center.
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