William Penn Slavery

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The enslavement of African servants has a long and dishonorable history in Pennsylvania. African Americans, both free and enslaved played a big role in the American Revolution fighting in both of the armies to benefit from such service. When Americans start creating legislation and constitutions they created a bill to abolish slavery. In these Northern states slaves were relatively unimportant to their economy. The expansion of the cotton industry from 1800 in the Deep South after intervention of the cotton gin led to Southern states to depend on slavery as to their economy. William Penn was one of the few who were buying slaves from slave traders when he was granted the city of Philadelphia. When the gradual abolition bill was passed no
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