Pro-Slavery in Mississippi

Under Refuge of Oppression, the record of a public meeting in Jefferson County, Mississippi.

Here is an assertion that “the citizens of the State of Mississippi have the constitutional right to hold such persons as were slaves within the United States prior to 1808, and their descendents, who have not been lawfully emancipated, and who now are within its territory, to servitude………we hold the property in our slaves, under the broad sanction of the constitution of the United States ……”

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