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By Stephen Middleton

The Northwest Territory (now the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin), less than the Ordinance of 1787, used to be a unfastened jurisdiction. but, the entire states of the territory, other than Wisconsin, followed Black legislation, laws designed to subjugate African american citizens. For the 1st time, this publication brings jointly the Black legislation of the outdated Northwest. The records within the quantity comprise statutes, legislative experiences and resolutions, and petitions and memorials produced via the nation legislatures, govt organisations, or involved voters. jointly, the records supply a historical past of racial discrimination during this unfastened territory.

After a short prologue, Stephen Middleton organizes the files through kingdom. inside each one kingdom, the records are prepared into units on particular subject matters similar to immigration legislation, welfare and public schooling legislation, and jury and testimony legislation. even supposing in most cases the editor shall we the files communicate for themselves, he introduces every one set of files with remark pointing to the topics within the records. the amount might be a invaluable source for either scholars and students eager about African-American history.

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