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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: December 20, 2010
Byline: John Kravitz

Letter: Pa. milestone in fight against slavery

In spite of the difficulties, The Inquirer has done a good job over the years in its coverage of the controversy surrounding the first presidential residence and the issue of slavery ("Site open to honor presidents, slaves," Thursday). However, one fact that should be emphasized more is that in 1781, Pennsylvania's legislative assembly became the first governing body in human history to outlaw slavery. It was far from perfect. For example, it did not abolish slavery all at once, but rather over time, and it allowed citizens of other states to bring their slaves into Pennsylvania, which is why George Washington was able to bring his slaves here.

If a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step, this was that step, one of which Pennsylvanians should feel proud, and one that deserves mention.

John Kravitz, Narberth


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