Lord Dunmore: The First Anti-Slavery Movement

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Lord Dunmore started the first anti-slavery movement, initiating his "proclamation" in November 7th, 1775, gathering a few hundred slaves within several weeks to join him. Unfortunately, he became ill in August 1776. His proclamation offered freedom, but only to those who would flee and serve. While it was supposed to disable rebellion, it caused nothing but that. Thousands of escaped southern slaves would then join the British forces in the south, seeking to end slavery. In the Declaration of Independence itself, it 's been through numerous revisions before finally being signed in July 4th, 1776. One important passage that was excluded was one that attacked the colonist 's economical cornerstone - slavery of African Americans. Many
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