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The Illegal Beginning of American Negro Slavery

William J. Wood
American Bar Association Journal
Vol. 56, No. 1 (JANUARY 1970), pp. 45-49
Published by: American Bar Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25725011
Page Count: 5
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Abstract

Every Englishman treasured his birthright of liberty under the common law, which forbade slavery. The original Virginia Charter documents also guaranteed liberty. Yet the English colonies developed a form of total chattel slavery described as "as degraded as any in western civilization". How did this incredible aberration occur in view of the great Anglo-American tradition of freedom?

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