“Liberty Further Extended”: A 1776 Antislavery Manuscript by Lemuel Haynes

This manuscript is a significant addition to the materials available for study of egalitarian ideology in the Revolutionary era. Although petitions for freedom demonstrated that blacks, like numerous whites, could see the hypocrisy of perpetuating chattel slavery in the midst of a struggle against political “enslavement,” few blacks had the literary skills, let alone the opportunity, to compose a theoretical statement of their views.

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